Global Literacy Project-Reading Association of Nigeria Partnership

October 11th, 2010

The Reading Association of Nigeria Books Without Borders Campaign

In 2001 the Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN) hosted the Second Pan African Reading for All conference in Abuja. Conferees who visited Nigerian primary schools in Abuja were stunned and shocked to see teachers and children striving to operate in schools without books. In order to make books available to the Nigerian schools one of the conferees, Fiona Lovatt from New Zealand, suggested the need to set up a “Books Without Borders” campaign website that would share information on the dearth of books in Nigerian schools and colleges with sympathetic individuals and groups from all over the world and would solicit for books for Nigerian school children.

Fiona Lovatt would eventually also send in a 40 foot container of books from New Zealand. This set of books targeted the general reading needs of primary and secondary school pupils and their teachers.

The Global Literacy Project-Reading Association of Nigeria Partnership

RAN President visits GLPThe Global Literacy Project was the first to respond to the campaign website. GLP not only got in touch with RAN but in 2002 also invited its president, Dr. C. E. Onukaogu to visit our base in New Brunswick, New Jesey (USA). Dr Onukaogu reported favorably about GLP to the RAN executive board. Subsequently, RAN and GLP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU has been an enabling instrument for the GLP/RAN venture to give Nigerian school children access to books.

In order to make good its promise, GLP has already sent in a 40 foot container of books to RAN. Some 80% of the books were delivered to the shipment’s primary sponsor, Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) at Ikeji Arakeji in Osun state while the remainder (20%) were for RAN’s direct use for primary and secondary school libraries.Books received by JABU

  • The GLP book gift to JABU literally created the core of JABU’s University Library, providing the first set of books available to its two hundred and forty pioneer students. Without the GLP book gift, under the regulations of Nigeria’s tertiary sector, the new university would have tragically been unable to open for its first students!
  • The other 20% of the GLP books was a comprehensive, integrated reading system especially selected to create a systematic reading program for selected primary and secondary school students in 20 Nigerian schools.

The book gifts from GLP and Fiona Lovatt’s “Books without Borders” now form the core of the Reading Association of Nigeria’s “Culture of Reading ” campaign.

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