‘Teach your children reading culture’
“CHILDREN over the world have suffered from neglect and lack of protection, because most parents or caregivers are so engrossed with daily activities or faced with life anxieties, especially in developing countries.”
These are the observations of Olaitan Onolaja, Director General of the Lions Clubs International District404 A1 at a children’s event, which held at the Surulere Local Government Public Health Centre, Lagos.
The event organized by the service club with the theme: “Our Children, Our Heritage,” is one of its projects to cater for children and also render community service through meeting their health needs and education, among others.
Addressing the children, the Director General said showing love and catering for them is vital and necessary; hence the club is using this platform to focus on them and shower them with love and attention.
He disclosed that the Club has assisted children and parents in war-torn zones, those who have suffered from natural disasters, environmental challenges globally through the help of UNICEF and donors to quickly recover from their plights.
Mrs. Sylvia Effah Diejomaoh, the Chairperson, Lions services for children, urged parents and caregivers to show the children more love and allow them to express themselves on occasions like this.
The Chairperson disclosed to The Guardian that when she was assigned with the children’s event, she browsed through the Lion International Club website and got some ideas on how to run and organise the show. “I had to incorporate the health treatment, reading culture, entertainment to make the event memorable” while also acknowledging the huge support from her team and the different regional leaders of the clubs and the Director General”.
In a similar vein, Mr. Obo Effanga, Abuja-based past president Lagos Achievers Lions Club, charged parents to instill the reading culture in their children and also read, too, because children learning by copying them. According to him, he observed that the social media, phones, I-pads and tablets are distracting children from reading.
He disclosed that as a parent: “I ensures that I buy books among other gifts for my children’s birthdays. Today, every child is going home with at least a free book or more at this event; most of the Lions Club members have read some books with these children to boost the reading habits”.
Effanga advised the government to construct more functional libraries in schools or public libraries to encourage reading culture.
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