Sidney Sheldon, a popular writer said “Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” I would not have captured this better. It is quite sad that this important building or section in a school structure is conveniently removed or unplanned for.
While some do have libraries, it is as empty as empty can be. It has become a place where students sit around idle or the school turns it to another storage space. This is quite sad and disheartening to say the least. I attribute this to a lot of factors like; lack of qualified personnels managing schools, lack of funds and most importantly, reading is no longer put as priority in schools as the goal is just to get the kids to pass exams and leave.
Every school must create an environment that prioritizes reading. Every school must take it as a responsibility to breed reading students. A school without a library is incomplete and largely deficient. Click To TweetEvery School has the responsibility to ensure that students fall in love with reading. I cannot deny the fact that there are factors that seem largely too difficult to surmount but I also strongly believe that when there is a will, there is always a way.
The lackadaisical attitude by teachers, parents and school owners contribute to this failing in our school system. There is the move towards the E-library where books are available on online platforms. While I am a firm supporter in technological advancements, I am very positive that in Nigeria, many are still grappling with how to use these technologies and how to fund its development.
If the funds are available for E-Libraries, by all means, it should be pushed and developed. However, I am concerned about the child who does not have access to these technologies at home and for some reason can’t finish reading a book he started in school because he has no smart device. This is where the hard cover and touchable books come in. He can borrow from the library and return after use. The child can read outside school and that is the goal. Get the child to read beyond the four walls of school whether on a phone or on a ‘hand-held’ book. We can’t push back the traditional library just yet.
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