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Literamed launches Leaders Competition to mark 50th anniversary


To further expand its investment in the intellectual wellbeing of the Nigerian child, Literamed Publications, publishers of Lantern Books, has flagged off a leaders competition project as part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the firm.

Chairman of the company, Yinka Lawal-Solarin, told journalists in Lagos, that children who participate in the competition would have the chance to win a one-year scholarship and other fantastic prizes.

He said the nationwide competition, targeted at improving the reading culture among pupils, will be in four stages and is open to children aged five to 13. It will comprise of spelling bee, essays and brainteasers all from the subscription titles.

He said, “In the beginning, our vision was to provide total education by making available books for both learning and leisure. We also considered that good books targeted at children give the right foundation for education at all levels. Over 50 years on, the vision is alive through more than 250 curriculum relevant Lantern primary and junior secondary schools textbooks. About 200 culture relevant storybooks, over 150 comics that tell good African stories and about 100 living scrolls comics of Bible stories.

“As part of our contribution to support the provision of sound basic education for the Nigerian child, we have trained thousands of teachers nationwide in Lantern Books Skills Upgrade for Teachers (SUFT) workshops. We are partners with Lagos state government on support our school initiative and we have made several donations to motherless homes and orphanages. The 50th anniversary marks another purposeful celebration in the history of Lantern Books.”

Lawal-Solarin said through the competition, the children will be made to read at least one storybook every month. He said the vision in the next 50 years remains, “growing education not just for the Nigerian child, but the entire African continent.”

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