...as Kaduna school chil­dren get on­line li­brary

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Dick­son S. Adama & Aisha Abba Ali, Kaduna

The Hope for the Vil­lage Child Foundation (HVCF) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Bri­tain-Nige­ria Ed­u­ca­tional Trust (B-Net) has launched an elec­tronic li­brary called e-read­ers for pupils of pri­mary schools in Kaduna to en­hance their read­ing skills.

Speak­ing shortly af­ter the launch of e-reader at LGEA Pri­mary School Ri­mau, Ka­juru Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Head of Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­tion of HVCF, Mrs. Bar­bara Marok, said the e-read­ers con­tain 205 elec­tronic books for di­verse classes in English, Hausa and French.

“Hope for the Vil­lage Child Foundation’s area of work is in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties with fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion, health care, wa­ter de­vel­op­ment, women’s de­vel­op­ment and agri­cul­ture. Since 2006, the Bri­tain-Nige­ria Ed­u­ca­tional Trust (B-Net) has been as­sist­ing the ed­u­ca­tional ef­forts of HVCF by pro­vid­ing funds for text­books for schools with the aim of im­prov­ing chil­dren’s learn­ing. This sup­port has reached 201 schools and thou­sands of chil­dren. This year their sup­port has taken a new turn with B-Net sup­port­ing us with e-read­ers which are, for the chil­dren, a fas­ci­nat­ing way to read.

“The e-read­ers is an elec­tronic li­brary which con­tains 205 elec­tronic books for di­verse classes in English, Hausa and even French. Our tar­get is to reach hun­dreds of chil­dren and en­able them to dis­cover the joy of read­ing. The main goal of in­tro­duc­ing e-reader is to make dig­i­tal books avail­able to all. Hav­ing an e-reader is like hav­ing a li­brary in your hands. This pro­gramme gives those us­ing it ac­cess to an in­stant li­brary that never closes. The con­cept is that ev­ery­one should be able to read more and bet­ter,” she said.

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