The convener of the Forwarders Group, Oluwole Ben Eweoya, has urged for improved reading culture among pupils in primary schools and students in secondary schools.
Eweoya noted this during the pilot of his ‘Reading Time’ with pupils of the St.Paul’s Anglican Nursery and Primary School, Mafoluku, Lagos.
“When I came visiting this school and saw the state of the school just like many other public schools, I was not excited about it. I spoke with the pupils and encouraged them to read because it will broaden their knowledge. I recalled how I and other friends of mine bought different newspapers and read them during our days in the secondary school, it widens our thinking,” he said.
Eweoya, who read the Jealous Cat with the pupils encouraged them to make good use of their leisure by reading and helping their parents and guardians, adding that they will be happy and not be jealous like the cat.
He urged other members of the public to join hands in impacting lives at the grassroots, especially the children who are the leaders of tomorrow.
“I find it a moral duty to give my one hour to them to broaden and impact their knowledge. With more resources, we will cover the other schools in the local government area. It is not a one man show; it is something we all have to do. Let us come with ideas. Change starts from here and we are changing their lives at this tender age. We must give back to our community. I remembered one Rotarian doctor, Tom Obayan that used to come to my secondary school back then. He will come to the school and gathered us in the all, mentor us and talk to us about careers and the future. Maybe, I would have been someone else if not for such mentorship and the reading culture I grew up with,” noted Eweoya who represented St. Paul’s Anglican Nur/Pry School in debate competition over thirty years ago
The pupils, who joined the reading and also highlighted new words and lessons from the literature, applauded him and his team with a ‘love clap’.