As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate the World Book Day, the Orderly Society Trust (OST), on Thursday, donated no fewer than 1000 books to primary school pupils in Lagos.
The 1000 copies reading series were presented simultaneously to Opebi Primary School, and Makoko Primary School in Lagos.
Speaking at the presentation in Opebi Primary School, Ikeja, the OST Preschool Project Officer, Temitope Ajayi said the book donation is to encourage the pupils to read and develop their literacy skills. Ajayi said:“The book donation is to encourage young pupils in public schools to cultivate the culture of reading.
“We realize some can read and they don’t have the books to read, beyond that, we also have interest in those that cannot read. “We choose the two schools because those are the schools we have working relationship with.
We want the students to be able to read and do their homework independently because we all know that literacy pushes people to greater things in life, so that they can contribute their quota to the society and the world at large.”
Also speaking, OST Programme Coordinator, Hadiza Abdulazeez noted that the gesture is to showcase the importance of reading and story telling in igniting the creativity of a child. She said, “We intend to use this campaign to highlight the importance of reading and how storytelling can ignite the curiosity and creativity of a child.
“It’s very important for every child to be engaged through story telling and books, most importantly they have to be taught how to think creatively at a very young age,” Abdulazeez said.
She urged the Federal and State government to emphasize the importance of reading in public schools. “We want to encourage more public school to dedicate time to reading children especially pre-schoolers stories to encourage them to pick up story books even if pictorial to cultivate a culture of reading.
She said the NGO is also working with public primary schools in developing good reading skills through its Excel Literacy Project, with three pre-schools in Lagos.
She said the OST is currently in 40 schools in Lagos, teaching over 1500 students how to read and write in public schools every Wednesday, adding that “our goal is to teach our pupils how to read effortlessly.”
The Head mistress, Opebi Primary School, Ikeja, Mrs Familua Grace while receiving the books encouraged the pupils to inculcate reading spirits.
Grace while calling on other well meaning Nigerians to participate in better equipping schools with needed materials noted that the gesture by the NGO will help the pupils in reading texts as well as pictorial representation of the same texts. Other activities to celebrate the World Book Day include a story telling sessions where pre-schoolers in both schools made the stories in the reading series come alive with phoenix materials during a class session.