Uploaded by chinelo on June 27, 2011
On Thursday, June 23rd, Cassava Republic author Fatima Akilu, stopped by Hillside School Abuja to talk about an innovative campaign to encourage Nigerian children to read more books.
Akilu has launched the 100-Book Challenge, a programme that aims to have children across the country to read 100 books a year - that is an average of two books a week - beginning from May 1, 2011 to May 1, 2012.
The programme will help interested schools keep a log of how many books the whole school is reading. It will also arrange author and celebrity school visits for interactive reading sessions. Individuals and schools with the highest readership will be publicly recognized for their efforts.
The challenge is calling on publishers and individuals to donate books - or money which will be used to buy books - that will help start mini-libraries in public schools.