Bazarab Educational Foundation, an Ilorin based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has commenced state-wide distribution of free textbooks to both primary and secondary schools across Kwara State.
The gesture, which is meant to enhance reading culture among school age children, is expected to capture 1,000 primary schools and 347 secondary schools across the 16 local government areas of the state.
The founder of the Foundation, Dr. (Mrs.) Zainab Balogun, in her address at the Government High School, Ilorin, these weekend during the distribution exercise said the rationale behind the gesture was to inculcate reading culture in children and afford them the opportunity to have access to sound and qualitative education.
Balogun, who is a senior officer at the state Ministry of Education, said part of the reasons for the gesture was borne out of her foundation’s findings about poor performance of some pupils and students in their schools.
According to her, the distribution exercise began with Government High School, Ilorin, and followed by Bukola Saraki Junior Secondary School, Amule area of Ilorin; Tanke LGEA Primary School and Wesley Primary School, Ilorin.
Dr. Balogun pledged that the next local government areas to contact this week are Ifelodun, Asa, and Moro while other local government areas will be considered in quick succession.
She disclosed that the text books covered all subjects, including questions and answers Series and they are to be kept in school library.