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LASUBEB’s EKOEXCEL reiterates importance of reading on World Book Day

By Sunday Aikulola
24 April 2022   |   2:42 am
The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board’s (LASUBEB) EKOEXCEL has reiterated the importance of reading, noting that it will open vistas of development and opportunities


The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board’s (LASUBEB) EKOEXCEL has reiterated the importance of reading, noting that it will open vistas of development and opportunities for pupils.

It also noted that the ability to read well is a critical requirement for success in the 21st century as countries mark the 2022 World Book Day, yesterday, April 23.

This year’s World Book and Copyright Day themed ‘Read…so you never feel alone’ was celebrated in over 100 countries that agreed to observe the day in 1995.

The programme recently celebrated an 11-year-old pupil of Solomon Memorial Primary School, Epe, Ms. Latifat Amusat, for her perfect scores of 100 per cent in English Studies, Basic Science and Mathematics.

She expressed how much she loves reading and how books and learning materials helped aid her performance.

Access to new and improved content-rich textbooks, National Curriculum focused and those written Lagos State Unified Scheme of work have been distributed to all public primary schools which have led to pupils becoming more energetic, joyful and being much more eager to go to school and enhancing their learning experience.

The learning materials have also improved teacher enthusiasm and enabled them to think outside the box, such as EKOEXCEL’s Teacher Shade (Fausat Folasade Adegeye) of Ebenezer nursery and primary school, who recently became an internet sensation for sharing her teaching methodologies acquired from the programme, on social media platforms.

The programme has also recorded considerable positive impacts among pupils of Lagos’ public primary schools, improving their reading skills and boosting numeracy skills in a little over two years.

It has dramatically accelerated student literacy and numeracy performances, with significant differences between student performances in EKOEXCEL schools versus their peers in traditional schools.

The EKOEXCEL 2020-2021 Endline Fluency and Numeracy Evaluation has put the achievements in better perspective. The intervention is making a significant impact on pupils and teachers.

The report also showed that its pupils are making stronger progress in oral reading fluency and foundational numeracy than before the initiative’s commencement.

It further showed that an average Primary 3 pupil enrolled on the programme is now reading at nearly the same fluency level as an average Primary 5 pupil before the pragramme’s launch.

Commenting on the significance of the day, LASUBEB’s Executive Chairman, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, said the body would continue to improve pupils’ learning by deploying quality novels and textbooks.

He explained that it would justify Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s massive investment in education by ensuring that the pupils are literate and numerate.

“We produce pupils who can operate confidently and optimally in the 21st-century knowledge-based economy. We agree with what the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, said about books being vital vehicles to access, transmit and promote education, science, culture and information worldwide. We will ensure enough reading materials to go around our pupils, as we prepare for a new term.”

Apart from improving pupils, the programme has seen the movement of over 18,000 headteachers and teachers from analogue to digital teaching, using tablets and an updated curriculum. It has also enhanced the teacher-pupil interaction experience through technology (e-Learning) in Lagos State primary schools.