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Institute Boosts Reading Culture In N’Delta With 110,000 Books

Posted: Feb 26, 2016 at 7:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo, Benin

To address and encourage reading culture among youths especially in Niger Delta region, the International College of Commerce (ICC) Netherlands has launched the Development Academic Resource Centre in Edo State with over 110,000 books.

This followed a research by the ICC which revealed that education in the Niger-Delta was being bedeviled by poor funding, infrastructural decay, little or no academic readers, empty libraries, inadequate classrooms, teaching aids and rareness of quality of teachers.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Paul Oviawe, Founder of De-ARC, disclosed that the centre was being supported by four Dutch universities with over 110, 000 academic books, reference and vocational books, journals and encyclopedias to encourage students, lecturers of universities in the Niger-Delta region who hunger for knowledge.

Oviawe: “With the potentials in the region most children are misinformed while adults are illiterates to fundamental reality while lack of adequate basic education that increases youth underdevelopment is fast becoming a generational problem.”

“Based on what we discovered in the Niger-Delta region, we discussed with government universities in Netherlands and they are in support of one of the biggest academic resource centres with an over 110, 000 books to support students, teachers and researchers within this region because we see so much potential in the region but there is lack of expertise.

“What we have done is to bring the right information to those people who are ready to read and they will see the difference and make a change in their own local environment. So we are looking at encouraging local industrialization.”

Willem Arendsen of De-ARC had said universities in Netherlands were in support of the project to achieve the vision of educating and empowering the Niger-Delta people.

Present at the launch were students and lecturers from various universities and polytechnics in Edo State.