Mal Nasiru has another reason to laugh at BoycottKabafest, the European Union (EU) Trust Fund has committed €3m to ‘Right to Write Project’, a literacy initiative aimed to support the literacy aspirations of talented youths, especially women.
This was announced at the opening ceremony of the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival (KABAFEST) organized by the Kaduna State Government.
H.E. Michel Arrion, Ambassador, Head of EU delegation, who launched the project alongside Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said, “Though some states are indeed rising up to the challenge of educating boys and girls, this process has been slow and fraught with many challenges, more so as progress has been hampered by serious threats from insurgency, instability and misconceptions about education.”
The ambassador said that it is increasingly pertinent for stakeholders to join in spreading the message that ‘Boko is not Haram’, but rather, that the education of boys and girls is key for economic and social development, and books are key tools for education, as well as other tools or media.
The project would help youths in the writing and production of quality books for schools in five northern states—Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi, Borno and Adamawa.
Over the next two years, 20 books will be taken from conception to publication with over 7000 copies of each being published and distributed to primary and secondary schools in the target states. To further support literacy in Northern Nigeria, and encourage use of these books, teachers will receive intensive training and guidance in delivering inspiring literacy lessons.
In addition, the Right to Write project will support students from tertiary institutions in the creation and management of digital stories which will be shared frequently on the righttowriteng.org website.
Lead partners in the project include Africultures, a French media organization, while Book Buzz Foundation is the Nigerian implementing partner.