The National Association of Seadogs, (Pyrates Confraternity), Sahara Deck (Abuja City Centre) in commemoration of the International Literacy Day, organised a reading session at the Abuja Children's Home, Karu on September 19, 2020.
The reading session coordinated by the Capoon, Mr. Victor Ofili was part of the efforts to promote a reading culture among children. Ofili in his remarks encouraged the children to be focused on reading and writing which are the basics of academics.
According to him for the young generation to achieve their dreams of becoming what they wish to be in life, they have to be able to read and write.
Ofili who bemoaned the dearth of reading culture in the younger generation berated the older generation for their of lack of commitment to undertake laudable reading exercises geared towards the promotion of reading culture in the younger generation.
“Without being grounded in the basics of education which is reading and writing, you cannot achieve your dreams and that is why we are here, to encourage you to take your studies seriously" he said.
The Sahara Deck Second Mate, Mr. Michael Ihunde, while coordinating the question and answer segment encouraged the children to be confident enough by stating their aspirations in life.
Mr. Frank Okafor who took the children through a Career Talk session encouraged the children to use whatever talent God has given them.
“We are in a country where education and talent are the easiest part to success. Education as sufficiently captured by previous speakers as one part and talent being the other part. So whatever talent God has given you, you have to maximize it. But you must first have basic literacy. When you don't have basic education, you can be cheated off your talent" he stated.
Speaking on behalf of the orphanage home, Mr Felix Inaede, appreciated the kind gesture by NAS stressing that Sahara Deck has been very instrumental in ensuring the progress and welfare of the children in the home.
Inaede said that despite the recent outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which caused untold hardship to the global economy NAS did not abandon them
"NAS did not relent in showing love to these children to ensure that they are better citizens in the country. These children will remember when they grow up that there was a home they lived where donation was always given to them" he said.
The highlights of the event include a promise by Ofili that Sahara Deck would undertake the payment and registration of the only identified person of age to register for WAEC in the next examination session, promise of a gift of wheel chair to a physically challenged girl aged nine, donation of some educational items, food, clothing and children's toys to the children
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