In a bid to curb the high level of mass illiteracy in the country and promote good reading culture, a Non-Governmental Organisation has established a programme tagged, “Project I Read”.
Mr Adang Daniel, Chief Custodian, Entrepreneurship Hotline Associates (EHA) commented that for people to have the ability to read, they must be literate but noted that large populations of Nigerians were illiterate.
According to Daniel, “Nigeria is one of the countries that has high illiteracy level. To promote reading, mass literacy must also be promoted.
“Everybody should be able to read a book to expand their knowledge particularly books that are outside your profession’.
Daniel revealed that various programmes have been included under the project, including the Nigeria National Reading Championship, No One Left Behind and Book Exchange Clubs (BEX), in order to enable them to achieve their goals.
The first edition of the Nigeria National Reading Championship would begin in June 2015 for children in primary and secondary schools in all the states of the federation, and it entails reading competition among private and public schools.
It was revealed that the lists of books would be announced monthly to participating schools, and after the announcement, the children would read one of the books authored by Nigereians, within a period of one week and send a summary of the book to their principals.
The best summary would be selected from all schools and sent to the judges for scoring. Winner of the competition would become an ambassador of promoting mass literacy in the country and a library would be built in the community of the winner.
Daniel explained that the project was self-funding as interested participants at the primary and secondary level would pay a token of N1,000 and N2,000 respectively.