The Openbook Library Foundation

Published on June 13, 2016 um 12:33

Explain your idea in details:

There are loads of activities that are competing for our attention and the Social media/Television are chief amongst the lot. More and more children who clearly know how to read are failing to narrate, convene or report the information gained from reading the book. They are reading or cramming only for tests and exams and even failing at these exams, causing the government to consistently reduce the pass marks to enable students move on and this is leading to our school systems churning out graduates who daily fail to translate the knowledge to their daily lives. The purpose of the Foundation is driven by the need to improve the declining reading culture amongst the youth in Nigeria; promoting a life-long reading habit starting from the early days in children aged 5 to 13 years (Primary 1 to JSS3). This is also aimed at discouraging the youth from engaging in crimes and unproductive activities, encouraging like minds to read together and discuss their views helping them make better and informed choices. The idea is to set up libraries in public schools, organize and facilitate book clubs and reading programmes for the pupils in these schools. We will also set up Weekend book clubs and reading activities for children of the target age from private schools, bringing them together to read, exchange views on books, write reports and learn new words daily. The foundation will put 10 children through basic education yearly.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

It is expected that children in the programme will: learn new words daily; read over 40 books a year (1 weekly and 4 monthly); Read books from several genres; Learn to write reports improving their writing skills and learn to interpret and communicate what has been read, learn to see and accept other peoples views amicably. This will in turn translate to their school work improving their grades in school, ensuring that we have graduates that are 'learned' in the true sense of the word. The activities of the foundation will ensure that any reform brought by the international world for sustainable development would truly be sustained because the future would read, understand and implement where necessary, because the have been taught to read not only for exams, test or pleasure. Graduates of Library science would be gainfully employed in their fields of study as there would now be Libraries to be maintained The foundation will ensure that people not able to get quality education will be enrolled in schools yearly and through the planned activities; and keep the youth away from crime and unproductive activities, thereby making the city safe

Plans for implementation and sustainability

I have a good network of Government officials and Public office holders through my development work with the DFID funded programme SPARC; and have built trust and good will over time. Our foundation has some Permanent Secretaries and retired directors that have joined the foundation as partners and have opened doors for the very young foundation and granted access to the Ministry and schools.
The Foundation will work with the schools to acquire a space in the school premises to set up the Library for the school. The school curriculum will also include the book clubs, allotting time for Library/book clubs.
The Foundation is already working with Publishers, book shops, printing press and authors to get books at highly discounted price for the library so that the funds available can set up more Libraries and book clubs.
The foundation will work with popular celebrities to sign on this course as ambassadors to encourage the youth to participate in the clubs.
The foundation will work with Private sectors and media houses towards Civil Social responsibilities.
A website is being built and will be fully active on all social Medias, reaching out to parents and students. We will also work with the private schools in the high brawl areas, using fliers to inform them of the book clubs and Libraries closest them.
The Foundation will register with the National Youth Service Corps to yearly get volunteers or workers (Library studies graduates) who will be paid stipends to work at the foundation.
The foundation will also work with e-books to get the children up to speed with their generation and learn to love reading in any format
The foundation will organize educational activities and offer gifts to consistent/committed members of the book club and generate a reward system to encourage longevity

Your profile

My name is Chioma Giwa-Amu, I am Nigerian, 36 years old and the 1st of six Children 3 girls and 3 boys. My siblings and I came up with the idea for this foundation in memory of my dad, who did not get to go to school, but taught himself to read and write and ensured that all his children, irrespective of gender got the best education. I'm a graduate of the University of East London and Until May 2016, I worked with the Department For International Department funded programme -State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capabilities (SPARC). While with SPARC, it became clear to me that one challenge that cuts across is the reading culture in the country. My younger sister (32 yrs. old) who is a medical doctor also says that she finds this a challenge in her field. The reading culture is on a daily decline in the country, especially among the younger generation. There is a large number of alliterate a term that I picked from Beers 1996, which means a people who are able to read but just do not read due to several factors. They do not read to assimilate; they read only when there is a need e.g. for an examination/degree. This is compounded by the lack of libraries and book clubs in our country. My Younger brother a Microfinance Bank manager (35 years old) also tells of the same challenge in his field. Together, we have come up with this idea and registered a Foundation that would enable us set up Libraries in public schools and reading clubs for children aged 5-13 years in Lagos, getting them to read in fun ways and review the books.

Stage of Idea

start-up stage

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September 4, 2016 16:55

a very nice idea

August 31, 2016 15:08

nice initiative

August 17, 2016 16:29

Hi Chioma,

I love your idea and its impact on society! I would appreciate it if you could vote and comment on my idea as well!

July 17, 2016 13:16

It's very important to keep an open mind and reading books come along way. How feasible do you think my idea is, dear?


July 8, 2016 23:25

Av voted! What about you? Pls vote for this germaine idea!!


July 7, 2016 14:55

Hello Teams!! Have u voted today? I just did!


July 5, 2016 20:52

Chi Chi!! Av voted! Its a reality.

July 3, 2016 23:00

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July 1, 2016 07:10

Beautiful and brave!
This has to win.
We read to live, we read to lead.
Well done.

June 29, 2016 00:13

Good idea! I have voted for you. I kindly requested that you read about my idea too and vote for me via this link .Together we can create a better society.


June 27, 2016 15:34

Great idea! You have my support anytime

June 27, 2016 12:44

Hello Chioma,

Your Idea is great! I cast my vote for it. You may also wish to vote and comment on my idea,

I will appreciate a lot!

June 26, 2016 23:43

Hello Chioma,
this is a great idea and i have voted for you. Please you can read and support my idea with your comment and vote.
together we can create a better society.

Ame Osawe

June 26, 2016 23:36

Great work!

June 26, 2016 11:59

Oh wow Bimbo, great to read your comment. I'm aware of pockets of book clubs in Lagos and would be pleased to work with you on the bookclub for this age bracket to build the habit from youth. We should work together on this Library intiative. I will add you as a contact on Facebook. Thank you for the vote.

bimbo odunewu

June 26, 2016 10:10

Great idea chioma, God bless you. I run a small book club here in lagos so, I understand "alliteration" you have my votes! Great job! Great idea!! Good luck


June 26, 2016 00:34

Hi Chioma
I like your project idea and am impressed. Thank you that you considered sharing it with us. I have voted for you.
I kindly requested that you read about my project too and vote for me via this link I will appreciate your contribution


June 25, 2016 16:43

Yeah! Av seen my comments. Hope the Votes are growing? All the best Chioma Et al


June 25, 2016 16:38

I am for the Open Book Foundation!!! Have you voted today? I have!

Oje Giwa-Amu

June 24, 2016 23:08

A very wonderful and valuable idea


June 24, 2016 10:24

I have voted today!! What about you?


June 23, 2016 22:43

This is a great project! What else can we desire in this age with little or no passion for reading.

Olisaemeka Melvin

June 22, 2016 14:12

I believe in dis project. 100%

Owoh Onyedikachi

June 20, 2016 16:36

I believe in this project.


June 20, 2016 11:33

Great work. Pls vote for this germaine idea. We need to expose our angels to the world of reading......of knowledge

Walter Nzeakah

June 19, 2016 15:16

We can never overestimate the importance of knowledge in opening up young minds and empowering them to fulfill their potential and make a difference in their world. The Openbook Library Foundation is a great idea to help nourish and nurture the next generation of leaders.


June 19, 2016 06:35

Splendid...The idea, implementation and sustainability strategies are simple and achievable. This will definitely help in improving the nation's reading culture, instil great knowledge and boost self confidence. As an ex school mate of Chioma, I can say she is a result-oriented lady who believes that a nation can only be as great as it's citizens.


June 18, 2016 21:18

An timely idea!


June 18, 2016 11:59

Great idea chioma


June 17, 2016 17:23

nice, nice, ....... this is very nice


June 17, 2016 17:21

I pray this idea sells not just in this part, but in every part of the worls.....youre indeed gifted , wow wow wow


June 17, 2016 17:20

wooooooow..............................this is so far the nicest idea, what more do we need if not to read and keep reading......

Philips Obimah

June 17, 2016 17:18

Fair play to you for having the ability in putting modalities in place in actualising your vision into reality.

victoria norman

June 17, 2016 17:18

great idea dear one....god bless

Philips Obimah

June 17, 2016 17:17

Fair play to you for having the ability in putting modalities in place in actualising your vision into reality.

victoria norman

June 17, 2016 17:15

Weldon bright and great ideas ......... you're indeed gifted, keep shining.


June 17, 2016 17:11

very interesting idea, God's hands is upon this one.....the future of our youths can be certain now....Thank you Chioma

Modupe Ativie

June 17, 2016 16:10

Ride on my friend, well done!

Ngowari Diminas

June 17, 2016 15:31

Lovely Idea! Looking forward to see Chioma win and make a great impact!


June 17, 2016 14:43

Hello Chi!! how is it goin? Hope uve seen my votes and from my church youth who are happy bout the foundation!! Congrats Chioma!

Emem Akoma-Philips

June 17, 2016 14:02

Great initiative. Sure hope you win this . Way to go girl!!

Dr. Alfred Esedah

June 17, 2016 12:51

This is a good idea

Osy Osoba

June 17, 2016 00:59

I think this is a great initiative and will go a long way to improve the reading culture of Nigerians.

The fact that the initiative is targeted at kids between 5-13 will ensure children develop habits that will help them in future.


June 17, 2016 00:45

Wonderful idea! Definitely deserves to win!


June 16, 2016 23:42

This is what the youths need to move the world forward.
We say "NO" to Yahooyahoo and other social media scaming stealing the future of our youth.
More grease Chioma


June 16, 2016 23:31

As a youth , I had to travel miles in order to visit a library to get a book to study. Sometimes, the books are unavailable or when available they are editions of ages past.
The spirit was willing but the facilities were and are still lacking.
Great venture Chioma.

Chizoma Anne

June 16, 2016 23:14

Hi Chioma,
This is just what the youths need. It is a known fact that if you want to hide an information from especially we Africans put it in the books.
It's high time we reawaken the reading habit in our youths which the social media has suppressed.
Good job Chioma.


June 16, 2016 12:07

Brilliant idea. Desperately needed.


June 16, 2016 11:34

Awesome dear ! God bless you for this innovative Idea. Wishing you Good luck in all your Endeavours
dearie !!!

June 16, 2016 11:07

Thanks you all for the support, it means a lot.

Eme Giwa-Amu

June 16, 2016 11:06

Worthwhile venture! Well done!

Daba Alli

June 16, 2016 10:14

Great idea!


June 15, 2016 06:09

Hi Chioma,
This is a hearty thing for the future of our nation beyond all that we ever think we know in terms of posterity and national building of our Children dreams. Go on in this might .
Success al the way



June 14, 2016 16:25

Hi Chioma!
Your idea is very creative, I believe it will achieve success. I vote for you. Wish you good luck!
Please check out my idea and please vote for me too if you find it interesting.


akerele olugbade

June 14, 2016 04:09

This is what is necessary in order to change the youth attitude from social media lover and change their reading habit positively

Mrs Riley

June 13, 2016 23:18

Excellent idea


June 13, 2016 22:27

This is a very good idea, especially for this age bracket as it is their formative years. It will significantly impact their reading culture.


June 13, 2016 22:22

Waoh!! This is germain!! What is needed in Africa now. people are lazy to read. Parents ain't reading so you can't blame the children! All supported! Bravo Chioma

Nkoyo Ejiro Ekop

June 13, 2016 22:20

Impressive! Stimulate the minds at an early age

Rekiya Lawal

June 13, 2016 18:19

Wow.,Chioma this is fantastic!!!All the best.

June 13, 2016 17:06

Hi, you have a good idea there.
I have cast my vote for you!
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martins uzoma osuji

June 13, 2016 15:36

This is a great idea and will go a long way to introduce good reading habbits in our kids and nation's future ...

Nimi Omale

June 13, 2016 15:27

Well done Chioma, this is very commendable.