PROPOSAL FOR PROMOTING READING CULTURE IN SCHOOLS
Reading can simply be defined as a task of very complex nature that involves the use of the eyes, brain, ears and the nervous systems. “Knowledge is power” goes the axiom. The secrets of wealthy nations and powerful economies of the world is nothing but knowledge. Although one of the major ways of acquiring knowledge is by reading, the lost of interest in reading is in fact assuming a global surge today. This is evident by the recent mass failure in WAEC and NECO.
Come to think of it. How could one know about the existence of certain phenomena, issues, or objects in his/her field, pursuit or community? On a broader spectrum, how can one live without the basic information that wheels his/her world without reading? Even if he/she does know about its existence, how would he/she improve it or make it better to suit our dynamic world? We only do these through reading as one of the major ways of learning.
Data released during the launch of the present administration’s BRING BACK THE BOOK INITIATIVE (17th May, 2011) shows that 80% of the populace have turned away from reading. Most youths within the school age only read to pass exams. Youth with ear phones, those television viewing centre, and others addicted to browsing and playing computer games and the likes are a common sight in our communities today.
Similarly, it is no more news that Nigerian University graduates are often seen as arm chair. i.e. having only theoretical knowledge or having certificates that only makes them employment seekers rather than employment providers. The fallouts are obvious in our society and economy: a consumer nation-the fingerprints and handwriting of a poor country. One way to curb this menace is to steer youth especially those of school age towards great thoughts i.e. to think outside the box which can only be possible through reading.
HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS (H4H)
This is one of the areas of social interventions of SHEIN that deals with teenage pregnancy which has high prevalent rate in Nasarawa State. One of the concomitants of teenage pregnancy is dropping out of school. For some, this dropping out of school is until delivery and for others, it is for good. 90% of them fall within the second group, saying bye bye to anything school or education. They end up getting married to the teenager responsible for the pregnancy who more often than not either lacks the wherewithal to send them back to school or does not know the value of education.