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In an effort to promote reading and writing culture, an international affiliated school, Eminentville Schools in Port Harcourt, yesterday launched its anthology.

Prof Okey Onuchukwu, commended the school management for a environment and facilities, which he said will enhance the children’s reading ability.

The launching of the book was in commemoration of World Book Day, an event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading, publishing and copyright celebrated.

Although the event is celebrated every April 23 but Eminentville celebrated the programme on April 24 this year. This is to accommodate everyone who may wish to witness the performance of the pupils and students of the school.

One of the speakers at the event is Prof Okey Onuchukwu, Department of Economics, University of Port Harcourt, who motivated the pupils and students to improve on their reading ability and be focused in the academics for successful future.

He said “Is a great event organized by Eminentville, I am very happy being here. The kind of environment and facilities we have here are conducive for learning. The students are acting very intelligently because they are being taught properly.

“Coming to today’s event, World Book Day, it is obvious we keep reminding our people of the importance of reading and writing because that will really help us and make the society grow. All the things we are saying are ideas that are generated and put down by people, we read them to expand it and then adopt them to suit our purpose, and that is the only way society grows.

“So, if you don’t write and document, it means some of those ideas will go into extinction and there will be nothing to build upon”.

The programme also witnessed creativity on the spot, quiz on World Book Day and book review, epic drama, tautology and pronunciation, other activities.

Speaking with our correspondent, Mrs Doris Jane Owuso, Head Teacher, noted that the art of critical reasoning skills.

She said “It has given them a broad horizon in the different forms of writing and the processes involved in writing”.

Parents at the event commended the management of the school for the extra effort to keep the children current in academics l, especially the reading and writing culture in them.

A parent said “I want to commend the management of the school for their educational standard. Everything done here is excellent, is one of its kind because in today’s society people hardly read. Imbibing this culture in these children will go a long way with them in the future. If they continue with this standard, in the nearest future they will be the best in Port Harcourt”.

Some of the students that spoke with The AUTHORITY, expressed delight that they are part of the future that will create positive development in the society through the knowledge and academic values they will gather from the school.

Alevel 10 pupil, who gave her name as Christabelle, said “We are live at the World Book Day celebration, to create awareness on how books impacts on our children’s lives. We are also using this as a medium to express ourselves in many ways, to understand that book holds an important role in the future our children”.

Mario Azimba, a level eight pupil of the school, also expressed “reading and writing has helped me more in internal and external competition into school examinations. Reading habit expand my scope of knowledge in everything I come across”.

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