Centre launches journal as it promotes reading culture
The Nigerian Center for Reading Research and Development (NCRRD), has reiterated its commitment to revive and promote reading culture at a tender age for effective literacy development.
The Centre Director, Prof. Talatu Musa Garba stated this on Wednesday at the 4th National Conference on Children’s Books and the Teaching of Early Grade Reading in Nigeria held at Bayero University, Kano.
SOLACEBASE reports that the theme of the conference was ‘’Innovative methodologies for research and the teaching of early grade reading in Nigeria.
Prof. Garba said that reading is a fundamental skill that plays a key role in the acquisition of quality education across different levels of seeking knowledge.
She said the center instituted the annual conference in 2019 to provide a platform for teachers, researchers, and other educationists to share ideas on the best practices for the promotion of teaching and reading in Nigeria, to enhance literacy growth.
According to her, “NCRRD offers short-term training for teachers handling early grade reading at the Basic School level of education, the duration of which ranges from 4 to 6 weeks. A pre-conference workshop was held on Tuesday for such Basic education teachers on the best methods of handling early grade reading using the 5 +2 components of teaching early grade reading. The Centre intends to conduct outreach training for teachers of the immediate community as community support.”
“The NCRRD is commissioning its resource room (Rebecca Rhodes Resource Room) today, which has a modest collection of books and e-resources. The resource room was named after an amazing lady who spent the most productive years of her life uplifting reading and literacy across over 40 countries. The resource room is open to researchers, teachers, and students as a reference library.”
During the conference a Nigerian journal was launched, and two editions were presented during the program, Prof. Garba said another volume will emerge from the conference presentation.
In a remark, the Vice Chancellor BUK, Prof Sagir Adamu Abbas emphasized the university’s commitment to building the capacity of teachers, writing new books, and introducing new courses that will enhance the reading culture in Nigeria.
He stressed the importance of instilling a reading habit in children and teaching them the value of community-building through education.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the university will continue embarking on all the ways possible to improve and boost the culture of reading at an early stage of life.