Thursday, 17 November 2016

Airtel Makes Case For Reading Culture, Donates Books To Adopted School

Airtel Nigeria has donated over 1,000 books to students of one of its adopted schools as part of its Reading for Leading campaign, an initiative to encourage the reading culture among students in primary schools across Nigeria.

The telco says the Reading for Leading initiative demonstrates its commitment to promote quality education and academic excellence in Nigeria and also provide educational opportunities for less privileged children.
L-R: Assistant CSR Manager, Airtel Nigeria, Chioma Okolie; St. John's Primary School pupil, Boluwatife Olluwasalami;  Head Teacher, St. John's Primary School, Mr. Adeniyi Odufoye; St. John's Primary School pupil,Opesanwa Omotunde and Zonal Business Manager, West Upland Region of Airtel Nigeria, Femi Akinrelere during Airtel's Reading for Leading Campaign which took place on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at St. John's Primary School, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State
The book donation exercise was held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the St. John’s Primary School, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, a school adopted by Airtel.

Speaking during the event, Head Teacher of St. John’s Primary School, Mr. Adeniyi Odufoye, commended Airtel for its support to developing the educational sector, urging other corporate organizations to emulate the telco.

“I sincerely hope that other corporate organizations will join Airtel in supporting education and providing opportunities for children.

“I must say that since Airtel adopted St. John’s Primary School in 2013, it has raised the standard of education, here. And with this book donation, it becomes easier for children to take to a reading culture.”

In his own submission, Olukayode Samuel, a Primary five student expressed excitement, saying, “Now I have a textbook I can always use to study at home. My mummy will be happy because she likes to see me read. Thank you Airtel.”

The Airtel ‘Reading for Leading’ campaign is in partnership with Longman and Macmillan Publishers. Under the initiative, Airtel employees have purchased over 3,000 high quality and relevant textbooks for students in the company’s six adopted schools.

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