The second phase of a programme aimed at enhancing literacy and improving reading culture in Anambra State was recently unveiled by Governor Willie Obiano.
It featured distribution of books to both public and private schools including higher institutions of learning, community libraries and reading hubs.
Speaking during the event which took place at the Community Education Center Okpuno on Wednesday in Awka South Local Government Area of the state, the Commissioner for Basic Education Professor Prof. Kate Omenugha, said the unique feature of the second phase was the inauguration of reading hubs in all communities across the State with particular attention to educationally disadvantaged areas.
Mrs. Omenugha who enumerated the various dividends already yielded as a result of the programme, said the Ministry in collaboration with “Bring it on Africa”, is currently embarking on Governor’s School Debate Championship, which the representative of Anambra State will be selected for a debate championship in Sri-Lanka.
In an interview the chairman Post Primary Schools Service Commission, Mrs Ify Okaro, and Chairman State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Patrick Ugboaja, promised to ensure that the platform created to enhance reading culture remains aglow. In their separate reactions, the Chairman Board of Trustees of the Readers Association of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Onukaogu and State Chairman Association of Private Schools Owners, Mr Solomon Nwanonyuo commended the state government’s commitment to enhancing literacy and improving reading culture in the State and called for its sustenance.
Over one million books were distributed to community libraries, public schools, Colleges of Education, Polytechnics, Teaching Hospitals, Private and Mission schools, while Laptops were given to Education management Information System officers in the twenty one local government areas of the State during the ceremony.