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GE Nigeria, UKF collaborate to improve literacy through mobile library

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In continuation of its commitment towards empowering and elevating communities in its areas of operation, GE (NYSE:GE), a digital industrial company has collaborated with non-profit organisation, United for Kids Foundation (UKF) to set up a mobile library designed to run a literacy development programme for pupils in Lagos State.

The project tagged “Read to me,” has commenced in four primary schools in Akowonjo area of Alimosho local government and will teach pupils to read correctly and improve their literacy levels.

Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer, GE Africa, Patricia Obozuwa, who spoke during the launch at Akowonjo Primary School, explained that the concept was borne out of the interactions and experiences of the partnering firms.

This initiative, she added is ingenious because the library is mobile, which implies that it can serve several schools simultaneously.

She further stated that the project is one of many projects that GE has supported as part of its continent-wide Corporate Social Responsibility platform, GE Kujenga.

“GE Kujenga focuses on empowering people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevating innovative ideas that are helping solve Africa’s challenges.  Not many skills are as valuable for the child than the ability to read. “

She added that the company, through its volunteer programme, gets employees together not only to pool funds to support worthy causes but also to spend time and effort volunteering on various projects that help bring about greater good in the society.

Programmes Manager for UKF, Aameenah Yunus-Ali, on her part, stated that the foundation has been running the “Read-to-me” literacy programme for kids in various schools for eight years. She said the choice of Alimosho LGA, as pioneer for the mobile library was because of its large population of primary school children and also its accessibility.

“The programme runs basically by first assessing the kids to identify their literacy levels. We identify kids who are easily passed over in their classrooms in primary four and five, and help them to improve their literacy level. The overall aim is to ensure no child is left behind in the classroom. We understand that once a child can read, exceling in every other subject becomes easy too.”

A member of the GE volunteers council, Remi Erinle, said the staff of the company are excited about volunteering on projects like this where they can help the kids develop their reading abilities.
About 350 children are currently being covered with this initial launch of the mobile library in four schools, and this can expand to up to 1,800 children per annum, she said.


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