May 27 of every year marks a special day to celebrate children in Nigeria. The 2021 theme for the day, “Unite to reverse the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on children” emphasises concerns about child protection and rights to quality education as well as other issues children face to survive.
AIFA Reading Society joined the rest of the country to celebrate children on this day. The Society, in its culture to empower through learning, visited St. Matthias Boys’ Nursery and Primary School, Lagos Island on May 28, 2021, to celebrate with the children and make the day memorable for the School. The event commenced with the reading of the book Boom Boom by Jude Idada, an award-winning children’s literature that addresses challenges faced by sickle cell warriors. Ms. Ebunoluwa Ade-Taiwo, a volunteer of the Society, read a chapter of the book and summarised the story to help the children better understand its central theme.
Talk session with pupils of St. Matthias Boys’ Nursery and Primary School
To enlighten the students about sickle cell, Ms. Temitope Abass, a sickle cell warrior, shared her personal experiences and used practical examples to describe sickle cell anaemia and the health challenges faced by sickle cell warriors. She made the session interactive by taking questions from the pupils.
The students also engaged in a spelling competition, using selected words from passages in the book reading session. Babatunde Susupo and Ibrahim Billal, from primary five and six respectively, emerged winners in the competition. The winners were given learning resources, including English and Mathematics textbooks, a copy of the book – Boom Boom, mathematical sets and other writing materials. The Society donated educational materials to the School and gave each child a book.
Mrs. Hope Obidike, the headteacher of St. Matthias Boys’ Nursery and Primary School, thanked the Society for reaching out to the School and appreciated the event’s sponsors. She stated the School’s need for library shelves as books were presently stored in bags and are prone to damage.
The event was made possible due to the generous donations from Engineer Peter Bamkole, Learn Africa Plc, Rasmed Publications, Beta Gamma Sigma (Lagos Business School Chapter).
AIFA Reading Society is committed to investing in child education. It believes that building a decent educational foundation for the elementary category is a bedrock for raising intellectual and sound-minded individuals in Nigeria.