By Elizabeth Uwandu

FOR little Oluebubuchukwu Michelle Nwokeoma fondly called Ebube by her loved ones, a Basic Six pupil of Dominican Nursery and Primary School, Mafoluku, being appointed Library Prefect spurned her to call for books donation in the school’s library in order to improve reading culture among her peers.

Little Ebubechukwu Michelle Nwokeoma (2nd left) her parents, Mr & Mrs Nwokeoma(M& 2nd right); Mrs Olubunmi Aboderin-Talabi (left) and Rev. Sr. Adaku Igwe (right) at the book donation by Clever Clog Books to Dominican Group of Schools Library

Speaking at the occasion that saw the unveiling of over 120 books on different subject areas donated by Clever Clogs Books in partnership with PEA Foundation at the school’s premises, Ebube who called for caution in handling the books said her dream was to refurbish the library to a very high standard.

According to her, “ Ever since I was made the Library Prefect, I noticed that there was not a lot of books in the library. So in order to improve reading culture among my friends, I shared my passion with my parents who in turn got the support of Mrs Olubunmi Aboderin- Talabi of Clever Clogs Books, a non governmental organisation who donated books to my school library.

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“ I am happy to other donors, my parents and to my school for making my dream come through. I sincerely hope that the books will be handled carefully,”said the Basic six pupil.

Mrs Talabi in her speech titled, “ The Lifelong benefits of reading and developing productive reading habits,” stated that cultivating right reading habits aside the improvement of vocabulary and communicative skills of an individual, also expose one to logical and critical reasoning.

She however called on parents and other stakeholders to encourage reading habits among children. “If your child ask you why should I read? Tell them leaders of sustainable organisations; innovators ; are people who shape nations ; and   people with sustainable wealth all have something in common. They read. “ She noted.

On her part, Rev. Sr. Mary Adaku Igwe, the Head of School, Dominican Nursery and Primary School, who appreciated the contribution of Mrs Aboderin-Talabi to the intellectual development of her pupils, commended little Miss Nwokeoma and her family for her memory legacy in spearheading the book donation.

Rev. Sr Igwe added that, “ It is my belief that through this laudable initiative, many of our pupils will be challenged to read more books and so empower themselves with knowledge. Pens and books are the weapons that can defeat ignorance; I believe that only the way we can create global peace is through educating not only our minds, but our heart and soul,” she said.

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