No fewer than eight reading clubs have been inaugurated in secondary schools in Enugu by the Coal City Literary Forum, the President of the group, Mrs Adaobi Nwoye, has said.
Nwoye, who spoke at the inauguration of the club in Government Secondary School, Enugu, said that the move was part of efforts to revive reading culture among students.
He said said the forum would ensure that every public and private secondary school in Enugu urban had such clubs in order to improve learning and sharpen their writing skills.
She said that the target was to inaugurate such clubs in 20 schools before the end of the current term, while more would come on stream by next term.
Nwoye, who is also an author, said that the forum was piqued by the sharp drop of reading culture which had impacted negatively on students’ performances during examinations.
The president said that constant reading was necessary for self-confidence and attainment of effective leadership skills.
“Constant reading does not only sharpen your writing skills but also makes for wholeness of a person and takes care of stage fright,” she said.
She said that the forum had concluded arrangement to launch essay competition among secondary school students in the state on May 27 to commemorate the 2017 Children’s Day.
In her remarks, the Chief Librarian of the school, Mrs Christy Asogwa, thanked the forum for the initiative and promised to sustain the reading club in the school.
The new President of the Reading Club in the school, Master Emeka Otah, pledged to ensure that students developed the culture of reading.
Otah said they would hold weekly reading sessions in the school to discourage students from patronising the social media.
Highlight of the event was presentation of books to the school by the president of the forum.