Thursday the 30th of April, 2015 was a remarkable day for the students and staff of Lagos Progressive Junior and Secondary School, Surulere, Lagos as StanbicIBTC in partnership with ZODML presented both arms of the school with a BookCorner donation.
The BookCorner comprise of two bookcases each containing 400 books on diverse subjects. The donation aimed at exposing the junior and secondary students of the school to various writing genres from around the world; books beyond their academic literature.
At 11:00am, the event commenced with the National Anthem, followed by a welcome address by the school principal, Mrs. Santos Anjorin’s.
After this, Mrs. Nkeiru Olumide, a representative of StanbicIBTC made a historic presentation of the bank’s 5-year partnership with the school. She pointed that ‘Education is very important in a child’s life’ which was a motivation for StanbicIBTC to partner with ZODML in the donation of books to the school libraries. She encouraged the students to make reading a habit.
To reiterate the importance of reading, Mrs Nkeiru in her speech made a reference to renowned African-American Surgeon; Ben Carson whose illiterate mother pushed to read. Through reading, Carson went from being a poor student to receiving honors. He eventually attended medical school. As a doctor, he became the Director of Paediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33, and became famous for his ground-breaking work separating conjoined twins.
ZODML staff, Amaka Okoye on behalf of ZODML thanked StanbicIBTC for the continuous support of ZODML cause. She encouraged individuals and corporate bodies to emulate StanbicIBTC. She also made a passionate appeal to the Federal and State Government to prevent barriers in the importation of books through high import duties.
Chiagozie Diala, ZODML Project Manager exposes the audience and students to the modalities of using the Book Corner effectively. One of the beneficiaries of ZODML's Book Corner Project shared her testimonies:
Flourish Alonge, a brilliant 9-year-old student of Ireti Junior Grammar School, who started reading at the age of 2, presented a book review of Moonlight Tales. Her eloquent reading drew smiles and thunderous applause from everyone in the hall.
Towards the end, a representative of the Lagos State Government-Mr. Omona Idowu thanked the two organisations for their support and added that the donated books will broaden the students' knowledge and expand their horizon.
Also, the principal of the Lagos Progressive Junior Secondary School, Mrs. Santos Anjorin who referred to her students as princes and princesses presented a closing remark. She congratulated her students for being a beneficiary. “You are extremely lucky to have goodwill organizations like ZODML & StanbicIBTC have your interest at heart”. She added.
The BookCorner was officially launched at 12.00pm.We are thrilled to be able to expand our donation project beyond Lagos State’s Eti-Osa local government area.