SWAN advocates reading culture, empowers school girls
As a way of giving back to society and developing intellectual skills among schoolgirls, the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN), has donated books to the Wesley girls’ school in Yaba, Lagos.
The gesture of equipping the secondary school’s library is also in a bid to inculcate the reading habits and culture in the girl child, which would help them focus and aspire to be the best.
According to the National Chairperson, SWAN, Mrs. Nwamara Catherine Nnaji, a student can reach whatever heights she wishes if only she can study wide.
She noted that the need for reading is to make them more knowledgeable and widen their scope of topics as well as facilitating intelligent discussions that would sharpen their brains, improve concentration and tenacity skills for social interactions.
Nnaji said: “We want them to develop a reading culture because before you become anything, you actually have to read. And not just reading to pass exams, you need to read to enlarge your knowledge about other aspects of life, culture, and the environment where you are.
“In pursuit of our encouragement and empowerment drives, we believe that a child needs good and sound educational books/materials as this would assist in widening her knowledge if she is focused and serious in her studies.
“We encourage girls to become chartered accountants and we have done so. Some people want to study accounting but they are indigent and cannot afford it, so we give scholarships. We empower women with different skills so that they can be financially independent and they won’t have to depend on a man to do something for them.
“We want to encourage these girls to make their voices heard so they won’t feel intimidated. No matter the circumstance or challenge, there’s always a way out. If you’re determined to do something, you will do it. Don’t let any challenge stop you.”
Responding, the Principal of Wesley Girls School, Mrs. Meroyi Kehinde, said, “We are grateful for nominating the school for the project. We didn’t only get accounting books, but also books that empower our children overall. Now, we are aware that these children can begin their professional journey by being a part of the Junior ICAN programme. We believe this will help broaden their minds to choosing a career path and taking on the profession early enough.”