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2017 GSK Orange day

The Nigerian Education Data Survey published in 2010 stated that in every state except Lagos, over half the children aged 5 to 16 surveyed could not read a simple sentence, even when the sentence was written in a language that the child had been speaking since birth. 1

UNESCO also stated that there are about 10 million illiterate Nigerian children who remain out of school. 2

With the United Nations placing Nigeria at 149 out of 169 countries tested for adult literacy and children leaving primary school who are unable to read. 3 Results pointed to high level of illiteracy in Nigeria, no school libraries, no Access to books, scarce and expensive children’s storybooks.
To help, GSK Nigeria ran a book drive at the Orange day held on the 15th of September 2017. Staff donated new or gently used children’s books, and money towards a book for a child.

The bookie bag made stops round the GSK Nigeria head office to receive generous donations.

Watch the GSK Nigeria staff service day video.

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  1. Nigerian Education Data Survey.
  2. UNESCO; the Vanguard Newspaper, 2003.
  3. Excerpt 1 child 1 book initiative.

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