Books can change a person’s life. Why aren’t more people having access to this tool that can change their lives? We need to change our culture and attitude toward books, this is just my small effort to make sure students develop a reading habit.
I must confess that the school library has changed positively and our pupils look forward to spending more time there. The teachers also have access to books they find very useful in the classroom.
Occupational therapy in Nigeria is attempting to take major steps into the future by engaging in various initiatives and projects to further equip the upcoming generation of students to be able to compete in the global industry while also improving healthcare services in Nigeria. These endeavours are only possible through the use of adequate educational materials and training facilities on par with their international counterparts, which Books2Africa Africa has helped to achieve this aim.
Recently, Bhamuson foundation received over one hundred and sixty books from Book2Africa, which it donated to the two schools currently in partnership with the charity; Adeta Primary School and African Central Church School. The books donated included Literary skills, Mathematics, English grammar, Nursery rhymes, exercise books and dictionaries for nursery classes through to primary six. The aim is to start a library in both schools, to encourage the kids to read more books and provide other educational supplies to enhance teaching methods in these schools.
Since the library was opened to the students, we have observed that many of our students enjoy reading storybooks and novels for leisure. They are also broadening their vocabulary and their knowledge of the world. This exciting development will no doubt enable them develop a habit of reading to educate themselves. It also inculcates the idea of having to use the library as a resource centre for learning.
We are extremely grateful to the entire team at Books2Africa for giving our Community Initiative the much needed support to move on and to open the minds of young ones to making reading a habit through spelling event, one of our various incentive-based enrichment activities. Even the children that didn’t win star prizes said they gained more confidence, built better vocabulary and are determined to be great spellers. All the children participated for the first time and would like to take part next time.
It is the believe of the Foundation that, a book in the hands of a child can lead to endless possibilities and create a reading culture in the children of the armed forces. It is in view of this that, the Foundation took a giant stride to donate 3000 books received from Books2Africa for distribution to libraries in military schools.
IYC has entered into partnership with Books2Africa, a UK based international Non-governmental organization, which donated about 1000 books that formed the first stock of the library and ICT center which has dozens of Computers. The NGO is known to give books from donors majorly in the UK to need areas in Africa. The library was named in the honor of the late Dr. Oronto Douglas, a renowned intellectual and writer who has traversed the globe in pursuit of the Niger Delta struggle.
Since the assembly of the library the students have made the library their favourite place in the school which is an exciting prospect as one of the big goals of the school is to open the minds of the students through helping them to make reading a habit. The total book count was 1032 books. Many of the books were fictional leisure reading which is ideal for many of the students as they are much easier reading.
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