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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.

Video player requires JavaScript enabled. You can download this video here: http://gskvideo.edgesuite.net/HealthSites/Health/Nigeria/MP4/GskStaffService.mp4

References:

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

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