In a bid to enhance reading culture among secondary school students, the office of Education Quality Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education partnered with Readland, a non-profit organisation, on a programme to celebrate the World Literacy Day.
The event which held at Agidingbi Grammar School, Ikeja, featured, among others, a drama presentation by the students of Agidingbi Junior and Senior Grammar Schools. It was a presentation of Tribes Apart, a book by child author, Mojoyin Adeshina.
Eleven-year old Mojoyin, whose parents run Readland, was present to read portions from the book at the event, which was attended by government functionaries.
Tutor General/Permanent Secretary Education District VI, Olusanya Ebenezer Abayomi commended the pupils’ performance of the book.
He said, “We are celebrating literacy day and we are happy to be here with them. The performance I have seen is a wonderful thing.”
“They will now know that literacy day is an important day for them to showcase their languages. We told them they should love to embrace each other’s language,” he added.
Representative from the Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs Folake Oyewole, said in line with the theme, Literacy and Multilingualism, the students were encouraged to embrace learning their mother tongue along with the English language.
Mojoyin’s father, Mr Francis Adeshina, said Readland partnered with the Office of Education Quality Assurance to get more students to enjoy reading. He said the organisation hoped to give out many books written by the author to young people.
“Our joy is to bring fun to reading. Tribes Apart is first of the Nigeria of my dream series, which focuses on providing solution-based books for young people to address national issues. The intention is to give out the books,” he said.