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
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.
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