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Julius Berger Donates 280 Books To School

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 2:49 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Judith Eshemitan –  Lagos


Construction giants, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc on Wednesday donated a total of 280 general interest books to the authority of Government Secondary School, Kubwa, Abuja, and also tutored some of the students on the art and science of poetry.

The session on poetry was anchored by Dike Chukwumerije, author of eight books and winner of several performance poetry competitions in Nigeria. The session witnessed the reading of works of Nigerian poets, and tutorials on how the students can write their own poems, using poetic literary devices.

The school’s Vice Principal (Administration), Mr. Sule Momoh Lawal, while welcoming the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team to the school, revealed that Julius Berger has a reputation for touching lives in the country.

He said: “The company is here today to touch the lives of our students. Only those of us taking Literature in English will appreciate the importance of what Julius Berger is doing today. I want to crave the indulgence of the students to listen and learn. Prove to our visitors that Kubwa Junior Secondary School students are good students.”

A member of the CSR team, Grace Ayoola, said that the goal was to create educational progress through the establishment of sustainable programmes and donations.

According to her, the workshop, which was to mark the World Poetry Day is a creative and interactive way of teaching the students new literacy skills, public speaking and self-confidence.

Julius Berger Literacy Campaign was launched in 2012 with the initiation of Julius Berger Book Clubs, and the distribution of over 5,000 copies of the, The Great Fall, written by Nigerian author, Chinyere Obi-Obasi, to schools in Abuja, Lagos and Uyo.

A statement by the company stated that the United Nations statistics put youth literacy rate in Nigeria at 75.6 per cent males and 58 per cent females, adding that poetry workshop is one component of the company’s CSR educational initiatives.