This project will improve literacy and promote reading culture among over 1500 children, young people and their families in Obanliku LGA, Cross River State, Nigeria. Lacking vital literacy skills like reading holds a person back at every stage of their life. As a child they won't be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and as a parent they won't be able to support their own child's learning. This cycle makes social mobility virtually impossible!
According to UNESCO, in Nigeria "over 4 in 10 children in Government Primary Schools cannot read and worse, over up to 8 out of 10 are unable to read for comprehension." People with low literacy skills may not be able to read a book or newspaper, understand road signs or price labels, make sense of a bus or train timetable, fill out a form, read instructions on medicines or use the internet. Reading is the most important activity to improve literacy and ensure a successful career and life.
To strengthen the quality of young people through literacy and creative skill development. - To make books available to every readers in a community through our community book hubs and clubs. - To inspire and support children, families, schools and communities to improve their literacy skills through reading activities. - To transform lives through literacy and creative skills development. - To grow young readers and promote literacy in Obanliku LGA through reading.
This project will encourage reading as a pleasurable activity to parents and communities in order to make a lifelong readers out of children. The evidence is overwhelming that introducing a child to reading gives them one of the most important personal habits they'll need to have a successful career, a happy and productive life.