- A book promoting organisation, Clever Clogs Books, has donated books to the Dominican Nursery and Primary School Library in Mafoluku, Lagos
- The book presentation was done in partnership with PEA foundation, on Wednesday, January 30
- The founding publisher of Clever Clogs Books said reading would also help pupils with the ability to communicate and solve problems
In a bid to promote reading culture, Clever Clogs Books, in partnership with PEA foundation, on Wednesday, January 30, donated books to the Dominican Nursery and Primary School Library in Mafoluku, Lagos.
The organisation presented the books to aid the pet project of the school’s nine-year-old library prefect, Oluebubuechukwu Nwokeoma.
Tagged “The Life Long Benefit of Reading’’ Legit.ng gathers the pet project is aimed at improving the collection of books in the school’s library.
Olubunmi Aboderin-Talabi, the founding publisher, Clever Clogs Books, in her keynote address, urged the pupils to spend more time on books to enhance their critical reasoning.
Aboderin-Talabi said that reading would also help pupils with the ability to communicate and solve problems.
She said: “It keeps you up-to-date; keeps you abreast of novel ideas; and shows you what goals to achieve. Furthermore, reading widely helps you see life from another perspective. It literally handles you the keys to your destination because it shows you what is possible.
“It helps you define what you want out of life. Reading is a method of relaxation; when you read for leisure it helps to reduce stress. It increases your ability to pay attention to details, distinguish nuances and so on."
Aboderin-Talabi, also the chairperson of women in business, encouraged the pupils that leaders of sustainable organisations and innovators had something in common, which is reading.
The Lagos state commissioner of culture and tourism, Steve Ayorinde, in his address expressed excitement about the project.
The commissioner, who was represented by Demola Adisa, said that the project was worth every support especially in the era where technology had taken over pupils’ time. He, however, urged the pupils to take advantage of the opportunity of the library and invest their time on books; for knowledge is power.
The head of the school, Sr. Caroline Igwe, in her welcome address, said that libraries played very healthy and important roles. She said that libraries provided a very calm and disciplined atmosphere which helped people to maintain a good concentration on their studies.
According to her, they (libraries) also help both teachers and pupils push beyond the safe harbour of the textbooks and help their pupils navigate the open waters of new and complex information.
Igwe said: “Libraries are portal to all of the World’s knowledge and are economically efficient. Librarians make sure that knowledge continues to be recorded and saved for future even as information storage devices and format change.
“If libraries are not essential, then why have some of the world’s smartest and richest people poured their time and money into them?"
She, however, appreciated Aboderin-Talabi and Nwokeoma for the project.
Also speaking at the event was an 18-year-old author, Aduragbemi Akintepede, who encouraged the pupils to believe in themselves.
Akintepede said the pupils should never give up on their dreams but to work hard to achieve their dreams without any limitation. According to her, no circumstance, situation or event should be a barrier to actualise the ingenuity their dreams.
Nwokeoma said she was spurred to take up the pet project of providing books for the library due to insufficiency of books to read.
Nwokeoma said the project would provide her friends and pupils in the school more books to read. She said her next project is to refurbish the school library and provide more shelves and chairs as well as equip it to a 21st century library.
While appreciating the donors, her school and parents for the success of the project, she appealed to the pupils to handle the books with care.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the defence adviser to the United Kingdom in Nigeria, Brigadier Charles Calder, donated some books to Army War College Nigeria as part of the United Kingdom military pledge to support the college course programme.
The UK defence Adviser, while making the presentation at the Army War College Nigeria Conference Room to the Commandant Army War College Nigeria Maj Gen EJ Enenche, stated that the books were meant to broaden the intellectual insights of the participants of the college on security imperatives within and outside the country as well as sharpen their intellects, analytic skills and cognitive capabilities.
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