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Secondary School Reading Programmes

Students pose with books during a ZODML Senior Secondary School Reading Programme at the Community Library

"Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” - Anne Lamott, author

A version of our CATHY programme for older students, ZODML’s Secondary School Reading Programmes connect students from 17 Lagos State government schools to Nigerian writers.

Two schools are usually involved in a reading session. Thirteen students from each school are each given a book to read and write a part two (give their individual continuation of the book/story). The students are then invited to the Community Library to discuss the book, writing, and issues relevant to young Nigerians with its author or a guest. Three stories are awarded as top stories. The twenty-six students are then made free library members and therefore borrow their first books before leaving the library.

The inaugural Senior Secondary School edition was held in November 2012 and featured Professor JP Clark and his poetry collection Full Tide while the first Junior Secondary School session – during which Professor Anezi Okoro discussed his book Double Trouble – was held in February 2013.