Students from the Greensprings International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme have set their sights on promoting reading culture among public school pupils by donating books and other learning facilities to Oworoshoki Primary School.
The donation is part of the students’ book drive initiative aimed at supporting education growth and advancing the love of books among public school pupils.
According to the initiators, the donated books will allow public school pupils access to books and study resources needed to excel in their studies and succeed in life.
Speaking after the donation, Samuel Osokutai, one of Greensprings IB Diploma students, said the inspiration behind the donation is the realisation that access to books is a global problem, not just in Nigeria alone.
According to Osokutai, the Greensprings Community of IB Diploma team, made up of 11 students, is dedicated to allowing the children in public school to have access to books to study.
Jasmine Adage, another student, said the aim at Greensprings is to promote holistic education, which starts with reading books.
Adage said the book drive process started in October and the students received donations from the nursery to the upper classes of Greensprings School.
“We received 723 books and notebooks as well. We want to continue doing book drives or help schools that are underfunded with furniture, stationery, and other class materials,” she said.
Agu Kelechukwu, the class coordinator for the IB Diploma from Greensprings School, said the students were 100 percent behind this initiative, adding that they came up with the plan, and achieved it in less than a month.
He said the original target was 100 books, but the students, exceeded their goal as they were able to get over 700 books. He said the donations were mostly from the students, who received support from their parents to raise funds for the initiative.
Oyelabu Olufunke Adeola, head teacher of Oworoshoki Nursery and Primary School in Lagos State, commended the students for their generosity.
Adeola said many of the children come from less privileged homes and emphasised the importance of making judicious use of the donated materials.
She said the school plans to allow the students access to the books in the functioning library and that they can take them home to read.
The head teacher extended appreciation to the IB Diploma students from Greensprings School in Lekki for their kind gesture.
Abayomi Benjamin, Supervisor for Health, who represented Moyosore Ogunlero, executive chairperson of the Local Government, said the books provided by Greensprings School Lekki will have a significant impact on the pupils by helping them to comprehend the content and encourage a greater appreciation for reading and education.
“With these books, we believe the pupils will excel. By reading these books, they will gain knowledge and understanding, and they will recognise the importance of education,” Ogunlero said.