The Director of Ogun State Library Services, Mr. Lateef Benson has charged youths and children in the State to cultivate a reading culture in order to compete favourably with their counterparts in the developed nations.
Benson gave this charge at a program put together by the State Library Services to mark United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Literacy Day titled: “Literacy in the Digital World”, held at the Simeon Adebo Library, Abeokuta.
According to him, over 750 million adults worldwide lacked the basic literacy skills to harness various opportunities that abound in the society, noting that over 264 million children and youths were out of school, an indices which showed that large share of adult and youth populations all over the world were not adequately equipped with the basic digital skills required to function fully in today’s societies and workplaces.
“Information and Communication technologies are creating opportunities to address this challenge, therefore we need to create and seize new opportunities to take forward Sustainable Development Goals on Education and lifelong learning for all, we need collective action and partnerships between governments, civil society and the private sector,’’ he remarked.
The Director lauded the State Government for providing enabling environment for educational sector through establishment of model schools across the State and enhancing knowledge acquisition through the introduction of Summer Camp.
Also speaking, the Assistant Director of the State Library Services, Mr. Vincent Giwa, emphasized the need for people to cultivate the habit of reading a book a day, saying such development would enhance human capital development for the socio-economic growth of the nation.
While encouraging the participants to go digital, Mr. Giwa said “the world is going into e-learning and Nigerian youths must also adapt to such technologies to aid developments.’’
Some of the participants, Adeniji Ayokunmi and Aishat Bamigbopa said the programme had widened their horizon and sharpened their skills on the purpose of reading and learning in aiding their educational pursuit.
The programme also featured Spelling Bees, Reading and Quiz Competition, story – telling time and presentation of gifts to winners in the various categories.