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Obaseki, Rotary Club to develop reading culture in Edo

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, on Tuesday, moved a step closer to restructuring the form of basic education in the state, lamenting that children in Edo had not reaped the benefits of basic education in 30 years, and indicating that he would work with the Rotary Club of Nigeria to upgrade the system.

He made these revelations at Edo State Government House as he met with members of the club, bemoaning the inability of university graduates to acquire basic skills for life, and declaring that the curriculum of basic education had been improved to accommodate skill acquisition, while libraries would be restructured with technology.

He said: “It has to be general and public driven because the bulk of the children still have to go through the public system. We are partnering with an education group, which will provide the checking principles for SUBEB and put in a whole curriculum on a technology-driven platform.

“This summer, we will start to train our primary school teachers and we will have to organise things so that they will prepare their lesson notes and other things for teaching on a technology platform.”

He added that by September, this year, technology-friendly education would commence with Primaries 1 and 2 and sponsors would be engaged to fund the process so that in five years, every child in Edo State would be taught on a technology platform.

Meanwhile, the 2017-2018 Rotary International District 9141 Governor, Rotarian Ikponmwosa Osagie Ogiemudia, explained that the club comprised concerned citizens, who met to exchange ideas and proffer solutions to issues that challenged them.

He appreciated the Governor for his developmental policies in the state and informed him that the committee on books for Africa had collaborated with the charity club to the effect that a 40-foot container had landed in Benin City with books.

He therefore, appealed to the governor to send representatives to help in sorting out the books for Edo’s library, affirming that Edo State had been scheduled to receive grants on maternal health care.

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