By VICTOR GAI
Learn Africa, has donated 5336 textbooks, 600 educational charts for primary schools and 11,482 assorted textbooks for secondary schools in Plateau State.
In a ceremony held at Government Technical College Bukuru last Thursday, the instructional materials were distributed to school principals across the state and local government education secretaries by the Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (PSUBEB).
The Chairman, Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (PSUBEB), Prof. Matthew N.Sule, while thanking Learn Africa for the good gesture, enjoined private bodies to learn from the organisation by ”providing the materials we require to enhance literacy”.
He stated that it is one thing to get the materials and another to put them into good use and therefore warned that on no account should the books be sold in markets or taken home but be put in libraries for students’ use.
Also on his part, the Coordinator, Operation Rainbow, Gen. Steve Goar, pointed that weapons of war were not what kill a nation and that all that was needed to kill a nation was to deny it of education.
Goar who is instrumental to the donation of the items, told the gathering how he facilitated the donation and promised to do same in the future for the sake of the state and education which he cherished much.
The State Commissioner of Education (Secondary), Elizabeth Wapmuk, had in her remark at the occasion, welcome the gesture considering the fact that reading culture is “fizzling away as a result of the Jet Age”.
Represented by Director, Library Services of the Ministry, John Istifanus, Wapmuk thanked the donor for the gesture and called on the benefiting schools to make judicious use of the materials. She warned that inventory of the books would be taken and monitored to ensure they are best put to use. She advised the principals not to deny the students the opportunity to use the books but preserve them well for use by future generation.