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How to Improve Reading Culture in Nigeria

Here in this post, we are going to bring to you ways on how to improve reading culture in Nigeria. we hope you find the article informative.

Recent findings have revealed that Nigeria has lost the culture of reading. The reading culture among Nigerian youths and Nigerian students, has been said to have waned away.

This is unfortunate. In fact, the rate by which, Nigeria recorded failure by Nigerian students in the West African Examination Council WAEC, and National Examination Commission NECO including, other examinations taken in Nigeria is quite glaring that this is true.

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The question is, how then can Nigeria improves the reading culture among its youths and students? Because this revelation has revealed the dangers occasioned by poor reading skills among Nigerians thus, the need to improve and promote the reading culture in Nigeria.

There is need therefore, for Nigerian government to rise up and be committed in making sure that it promote better education philosophy in the country and as well, restore reading culture for the purpose of eradicating the problem of examination malpractices in Nigerian schools.

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How Does Nigeria Go About This Onerous Task Of Improving Reading Culture In The Country?

There must be a way out, and in this article, I will be discussing some of the possible ways Nigeria can adopt in order to improve and promote reading culture in Nigeria. Below are some of the ways:

1. Workshops And Trainings Should Be Organized For Nigerian Students And Youths

Having painted the picture of the danger occasioned by poor reading culture in Nigeria, my first suggestion on how to go about improving the reading culture in Nigeria will be to organize trainings for Nigerian youths and workshops for Nigerian students.

There should be series of such training programs for young people in the country on reading culture, and course of study counseling, and Parents Teachers training, including, child development workshops across the country.

For instance, government and corporate organizations and non-governmental organizations should volunteer in hosting students of public secondary schools and students of private secondary schools across Nigeria, all for the purpose of enlightening the students on the important of imbibing the culture of reading, because this approach will help make these students brilliant and best brains, and subsequently make them responsible citizens in the future, that will contribute outstandingly to nation building.

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2. Inter School Essay Writing And Debate Competition Should Be Organized For Nigerian Students

One of the ways that I think will improve and promote reading culture in Nigeria will be in the area of students’ debate and students assay competition.

I must tell you that this is one of the key factors that will actually help in achieving an improvement in the area of reading culture among Nigerian youths and students.

Therefore, there is need to organize inter school debate competition and inter school essay writing competition for both students in public secondary schools and students in private secondary schools across the country.

While organizing for these student competitions, prizes must be given to the best performing students in the competitions, as well as the participating schools.

This gesture will encourage Nigerian students, as well as, their teachers to put more efforts, so that they can stand a chance of winning the prizes next time there is such competition. By so doing, there is all indications that, the reading culture among Nigerian students will improved.

3. Regular Campaign Programs For The Donation Of Free Books To Nigerian Students Should Be Undertaken

If free books can be donated to Nigerian pupils and students in both private primary and secondary schools, as well as public primary and secondary schools it will contribute towards improving reading culture in Nigeria.

That is why it is important and necessary for Nigerian government and other government agencies, including, non-governmental organizations and corporate organizations to take upon themselves the running of campaign programs, where free books can be donated to Nigerian students in both private primary and secondary schools and public primary and secondary schools.

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4. Donations Of Food And Cash To Indigent Students, Especially Internally Displaced Persons

Another area where, if adopted will help in the contribution towards improvement of reading culture among Nigeria will be in the area of donation of food and donation of cash to young Nigerians.

The government, organizations and well-to-do Nigerians can also help in catering for this set of young Nigerians by assisting in this aspect through donation of food and cash and books to some Nigerian students, who might have been internally displaced.

If the relevant authorities concerned will take up this responsibility upon themselves, to meet the needs of these students that will help to promote not only a peaceful environment, but will also encourage them to take their studies serious.

5. Students Should Be Discouraged From Wasting Their Time On Social Media, But Rather Embrace Modern Library Facilities:

Good enough, some Nigerian students particularly, those ones in private schools are privileged to study in environments that have well equipped modern library facilities with books that even promotes reading culture and promote research but unfortunately, Nigerian students have been carried away by those set of things that do not add value for their studies, for example, Facebook, and WhatsApp, and Twitter, as well as, other social media platforms which have distracts them from studying.

In fact, some of those students, whose parents are wealthy and influential believed that, with their parents wealth disposition, they will sort their way out.

This behaviours and attitudes on the part of students should be discouraged, and they should be redirected to path of being book friendly, as well as imbibing the culture of reading.

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6. There Should Be Open Campaign And Advocacy Against Examination Malpractice In Nigerian Schools:

Examination malpractice has remained one of the evils that have bewitched Nigerian students, to the extent that, the students have lost the culture of reading, let alone to read and prepare for examination.

In my opinion, I will be suggesting that, there should be campaign and advocacy against examination malpractices. This platform can also serve as a forum, where issues concerning the role of stakeholders in investing their time and resources and energy towards eradicating examination malpractices in Nigeria can be discussed.

It could also serve as platform, where members of the public can be sensitized on how they can collectively work to assist in complimenting the efforts of the government in eradicating examination malpractices in Nigeria, and promote reading culture.

Conclusion

There is need therefore, for Nigerian government to rise up and be committed in making sure that it promote better education philosophy in the country and as well, restore reading culture for the purpose of eradicating the problem of examination malpractices in Nigerian schools.

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