LACK OF INTEREST IN READING AMONG STUDENTS.
Lack of a reading culture among students has been a persistent sore in the eyes of many organizations. Concerted efforts being made by these in ensuring that the seeds of this culture are sown are a manifestation of their recognition that it is only a literate and knowledgeable society that can fully participate in and positively contribute toNational development. The role of a library as a source of information to students in improving education standards and promoting functional literacy programmes in the rural areas with a view of improving the livelihoods of adults/parents who never had a chance of attaining formal education or dropped out of school. It further outlines the role of ICT in promoting access to latest and relevant information with the view of improving educational standards and the livelihoods of the rural communities. The reading culture is the base to greater passion of every individual’s inner self. Students particularly in the impact areas will be sensitized that reading books with attention would exercise their faculties of reason to enable the individual have self control to his baser passion. The literacy promotion will arouse keenness in the people to read more of the printed information, which should open the mind of many to better understanding of issues affecting them. This is more or so important with the realization that the future of all citizens require self-education and self-culture because academic excellence is not enough without the culture to keep on reading for continuous self-improvement. According to Dr. Zainal Abidin Hajib, Lecturer’s Faculty of Languages Studies says, the process of developing a reading culture as earlier stated should start at an early stage of childhood and nurtured into adulthood. This model is therefore expected to play a multi-dimensional function. “Firstly, it is hoped to improve the standards of education and gradually reduce illiteracy. Secondly, it...
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