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Pupils from various schools in Lagos during a book reading session organised by Laterna Ventures Limited to mark the 2019 Children’s Day.

Laterna Ventures Limited, a leading book sales and distribution company, has urged schools, parents and the society to regularly expose children to routine and healthy reading habits, saying it will help them to be knowledgeable and function well as adults in the future.

Head of Corporate Affairs Unit of the firm, Nnaji Ugbaja, who spoke during a book reading session to commemorate the 2019 Children’s Day celebration said it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure that children are rightly exposed to good books and quality education that will shape their personality as future leaders.

The storyline of the book titled, “Secret agent Jack Stalwart: The quest for Aztec gold: Mexico by Elizabeth Singer Hunt,” Ugbaja said, will help the children explore activities in different continents of the world as well as keep them abreast of social happenings around the world.

He explained that when pupils read, it widens their imaginations and broaden their horizons, while giving them the opportunity to be exposed to global trends without having to actually travel outside their country.“We celebrate this special day because we see it as an opportunity to encourage children to read books as often as possible. Not the classroom reading type or reading to pass examination, rather they read in an ambience of fun, meeting other children to interact and share knowledge. Such reading widens their perspectives about life and helps them become balanced individuals. It helps them develop sense of creativity as they grow thereby becoming adults that have great understanding of happenings around them.”

He urged educators across the country to regularly immerse themselves in new knowledge in the interest of Nigerian children. “

The duo of Albert Biachi and Amara Makua, whose children participated in the book reading exercise, described the session as very captivating, adding that it was of great benefits to their children.

“I believe if you introduce your children to fora as these very early enough, their ability to read as they grow older would be greatly improved. It is a forum to help them very early to adopt those techniques that would enable you read properly and understand,” Biachi said.

“In the past, part of the reasons I decided to bring them here is that they struggle, they don’t like to read story books. Bringing them here has helped them tremendously because children learn by seeing and they see other children here, ” Makua added.


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