International Literacy Day: YEDIS distributes writing materials to schools in Osun

The Youths Enterprise Development and Innovation Society (YEDIS), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has charged youths to shun thuggery, hooliganism, and other immoral attitudes that can dent their images in any given society.

Speaking at a programme tagged, “International Literacy Day 2021” in Ikirun, Osun State, the director-general of the organisation, Chief Rafiu Akinpelu Olaore, advised youths to think of what they could do to develop their communities and the nation and not only of what the government could do for them.

While presenting writing materials to 253 Osun State Polytechnic students, 1,000 notebooks to pupils of Nawarudeen Primary School, Ikirun, and seven white marker-boards, 25 packets of markers to Onaolapo Memorial High School, Ikirun, Osun State, Nigeria, and others, the director-general enjoined the students to be focused in life.

Chief Olaore, who commended teachers for their impact on education, professional ethics compliance, and literacy encouragement, said “apart from the above contributions, YEDIS had carried out many  youth empowerment programmes, while he listed the objectives to include motivation of youths to succeed entrepreneurially by equipping them with skills, knowledge, and confidence required to operate a business.

Others according to him, were development of an entrepreneurial culture among the youth/students for self-reliance, learning from inspiring entrepreneurs, their tips for success, and networking with like-minded people, as well  as exchange of business ideas among members to create a forum for business plans, among others.

He remarked also that “literacy empowers people and improves their lives by expanding their capabilities to choose a valuable way of life.”

According to him, September 8 had been proclaimed International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities, and societies and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. Literacy is a vital component of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the UNs 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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