The World Literacy day was held recently with the theme : “Literacy and sustainable Societies” was dedicated to exploring critical links and synergy between literacy and future sustainable development goals. In line with this, the Lagos state government organised various activities in schools across the state in commemoration of the day. The activities were aimed at promoting and improving the reading culture among students across the state.
Among activities making the day was the visitation to schools by the Director General Office of the Education Quality Assurance.
In her address at one of the visited schools, Mrs Ronke Soyombo the Director General, said “If children would improve their reading habit, they would perform better in their studies. She believes some students read without comprehension noting that such students are likely to lag behind in their studies. To improve performance therefore, she stated that “schools need to introduce and promote reading sessions in their programme. The DG stated further that children need be encouraged to read for pleasure and for entertainment”.
To improve the reading habit of students, she suggested that schools need to do a lot of comprehension exercises where children could read, speak and listen effectively. It is her view that “The more students speak and listen, the more they can role play and dramatise and they eventually become good writers”.Furthermore, she suggested that parents need to be readers too”.