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Read Extensively To Open Vistas Of Opportunity, AIFA Urges Students

Read Extensively To Open Vistas Of Opportunity

Students have been urged to read extensively because it would open vistas of opportunities for them.

This charge was given by Prof. Pat Ngwu of the Dept of Adult Education & Extramural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, during the annual Little Writers Awards ceremony for secondary school students and teachers in Nsukka zone, Enugu State. 

The event which was organised by AIFA Reading Society, a non-profit-making organisation that focuses on building youths’ interest in reading, saw Prof. Ngwu describe reading as a cornerstone for a child’s success in life, noting that reading is the world’s longest kept secret, lamenting the poor reading culture among Africans. 

His words; “Reading is one of man’s ingenious inventions. It is one skill that not only opens up several social spaces and opportunities for man from which he makes choices but also prepares one for the future in a nearly perfect predictive trajectory. Reading is so important that only the oppressed can afford to be illiterate. Any community that does not promote reading should not be recognised by government as an autonomous community,” Ngwu declared as he deliverved his keynote address titled The Importance of Reading Culture in the Society

One of the resource persons, Dr. Mike Ajogwu, SAN, harped on the importance of reading, saying that one of the famous writers, Charles Dickens did not have much education but by reading extensively, he was able to write powerful novels. 

Also chairman of Enugu State Post-Primary School Management Board, Barr. Nestor Ezema stressed the importance of reading and promised to ensure that more teachers are employed to teach core subjects that would aid reading at early stage, saying that the government would not take the gesture of AIFA in improving reading and learning for granted. 

In order to improve the reading culture in Africa, AIFA has been organising reading competitions, dramas and debates among secondary school students. Apart from organising competitions on reading, AIFA also provides reading materials and tools that would improve reading skills.

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