Determined to improve the knowledge of pupils through reading, Laterna Ventures Limited has donated books and other educational materials to the libraries of three schools in Lagos.
The beneficiary schools are Redeemers International School, Apapa road, Heritage House School, Yaba and Corona School, Victoria Island.
Nnaji Charles, corporate affairs manager, Laterna Ventures Limited said the donations was the company’s own response to foster an endearing love for books among young people in order to mould a generation of leaders who are readers.
“Laterna is donating books to the school library by so doing other pupils will have access to the books”, Nnaji said.
He said inspiring students to embrace the culture of reading early is a sure way to groom the next generation of leaders globally.
Nnaji while also speaking at a book reading session organised by the company to commemorate World Book Day, said the world book day is a global event that the company uses as an opportunity to encourage the culture of book reading among students.
According to him, Books are treasures and information is usually hidden in books. The whole essence of reading is so we as a people and a nation can come out better. The development we have seen around the world today revolves around reading. ”
“We celebrate this special day because we see it as an opportunity to encourage children to do the needful, one of which is to ensure that they read books as often as possible. Unlike their classroom regular reading activity where they are restricted by marks, this book reading is different from that because they read in an ambience of fun, meeting other children they have never met before.”
Commenting further, he said that most of the information needed to succeed in life is usually embedded in books saying the whole idea of the programme is just to ensure that children are exposed to books at an early age.
Nnaji added, “As you know, readers are leaders. If children imbibe the habit of reading from childhood, it becomes a habit and a lifestyle for them even as they grow older.
Deji Balogun, director, Courteville preparatory school, Lagos who anchored the reading sessions with pupils from Heritage House School, Yaba and Corona School, Victoria island said the reading session organised by Laterna Ventures is a fantastic initiative to help pupils.
Balogun said that bringing pupils to reading sessions helps them tremendously because children learn by seeing and reading wide.
Nnaji said Laterna Ventures Limited as a book sales and Distribution Company also organises a monthly reading session for children as part of its contribution to inspiring the younger generation into embracing the culture of reading at an early stage of life.