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Healthy reading culture vital to success – Udeze



TO further ingrain reading culture and propagate skills acquisition among pupils in Anambra State, Anambra State Library Board. In collaboration with Zemo Arts, organised a Summer Arts, Readership and Leadership Camp at Umuezewala Community Primary School, Ihiala, Anambra State.


In her opening remarks, the Acting Director of Anambra State Library Board, Nkechi Udeze, who expressed her appreciation to the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba, for his support towards hosting of the summer camp, decried the reading culture in the country and urged pupils to imbibe good reading habits for their success and development.

The activity of the state library, she noted is no longer a place to read only. “We also help people acquire skills; it helps to contribute to the development of the society. The summer camp forms part of community service; pupil and community development initiative.”

Udeze, stated that the summer camp would help revive reading culture and organize skill acquisition for pupils in the rural areas of the state. “From the skills they acquire they can help themselves and their families. We want to help them raise awareness of the potent talents in them. There is much in them which this programme offers to give direction.

Uchechukwu Ezeemo, one of the facilitators and CEO, Ezeemo Gallery, said it was important to empower children and youths with skills to better the society. “During the summer time, children stay at home doing nothing. We try to engage them through reading and empower them with skill acquisition so that they can help themselves in the society.

The programme which is in its fifth year, is taken from community to community to make sure that their summer holiday is well enjoyed and profitable. “We are impressed with the turnout. They are excited and they said they learnt something to engage themselves with. After the camp we go back to the community to make sure that the knowledge they acquired from the camp is being utilised.”

A retired school principal and an indigene of the town, Mr. Oliver Obiano, noted he had envisaged a situation whereby children are engaged during the holidays as it used to be in the past. “Most often during the days we have vacation, we call children together to go through lessons.

This time, because of lack of those things, they go astray. They enter different kinds of vices but at least, within this last three days their minds would go to nothing that is bad, because they have learnt a lot of things.” He thanked the state government and sponsors and promised a better turnout next year.


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