ANAMBRA LIBRARY BOARD ADVOCATES MULTILINGUALISM
By Obianuju Umeh :
Awka, Sept. 11, 2019 (MOI) Director, Anambra State Library Board, Dr Nkechi Udeze has urged parents to teach their children the local languages, to enable them be able to communicate and know their origins.
Dr Udeze said this during the UN-backed International Literacy Day, with theme: ``Literacy And Multilingualism’’.
The library boss noted that literacy was fundamental to development of any society.
``A society with illiterate members will not grow; instead they will have high poverty rate,’’ Udeze said.
She stressed the need for one to know more than two languages for effective communication.
National Secretary, Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN), Dr Helen Aghamelu said the significance of the programme was to ensure that children would be aware of what was happening within their environment.
``There is no way you will be conscious of your environment, if you don’t understand the language spoken,’’ Aghamelu said, while urging children to be practical in their learning process.
A Librarian from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Mrs Amaka Nwofor pointed out the need to imbibe reading culture.
The event featured presentations in French, Hausa, Yoruba
and Igbo languages. (MOI)