A non-governmental organisation, Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries (ZODML), has donated libraries to seven schools in Anambra State.
The beneficiaries were made up of two secondary schools: Community Secondary School Amawbia and Ezi-Awka secondary school Awka, as well as five primary schools: Community Primary School Amawbia, Igwedimma Primary School Amawbia, Ezi-Awka Primary School, Uru Okwe Primary School Enugwu Ukwu and Ozalla Primary School Abagana.
Speaking during the simultaneous commissioning of the libraries in Community Secondary School Amawbia, the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Ego Mbagwu, said the libraries were set up to promote reading and self-education.
She said the foundation aimed to make it possible for especially indigent students to have access to books.
While pledging readiness to open more libraries in future and create a new crop of well-educated and useful citizens, Ego appealed to the principals to ensure the students visited the libraries and to borrow books for reading.
“We want to encourage children to read early in their life by surrounding them with books and teaching them to appreciate books and reading," she said.
Responding on behalf of the schools, the head teacher of Community Primary School, Amawbia, Mrs. Okpeze Gloria, expressed appreciation to the organization, saying the establishment of the libraries would further develop the children’s ability to reading.