With social and economic growth in mind, Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State has partnered a non government organisation, TOS Education Initiative to flag off theÂ Â â€˜Bright Future Book Clubâ€™Â Â in the area.
According to the convener of the initiative, Lolade Salvador, the idea of the club came up to reverse the negative trend in the reading habit of students in this social media era.
Salvador noted further that the initiative was in appreciation of what the society through reading had contributed to her making as well as her daughter who was offered Bright Future scholarship in Florida for reading 1,400 books from primary to high school.
â€œIt isÂ Â saddening to realise that reading habit among our students is declining despite that education has great influence on the economy. Reading is a function that is necessary in todayâ€™s society.â€
Beyond economic factors, she explained that reading helps to a large extent in building good self-image, develop the mind, imaginationÂ Â and the creative side of a person as well as improveÂ Â communication both written and spoken.
She stated that bringing such initiative to Badagry means a lot to the residents and the development of the community as a whole as it would further brighten the futureÂ Â of the society.
Reiterating that education is the bedrock of economic development, Chairman, Badagry Local Government, Mr. Olusegun Onilude, commended the cooperation of stakeholders in receiving the initiative adding it was the beginning of great things to come in the local government area.
He posited that getting children to read should not be left to schools alone, rather a function of the entire society including parents and government.
OniludeÂ Â added: â€œThe essence of this initiative is to promote reading culture among students in Badagry LGA, knowing well that education is vital to this society being the cradle of civilisation. It is usually said that if you want to hide a secret from African, keep it in a book. At Badagry, we want to prove this notion wrong. Through this programme, we expect to see a considerable improvement in the academic performance of our students .â€
The event hosted about 23 schools in the local government who were all presented with education materials to aid their reading.
Salvador also expressed readiness to partner other LGAs in Lagos State that expressed interest in the initiative.