Reading: A Tool for Combaing HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
By
Mrs. Felicia Ngozi Ofmmi
Department of Educational Psychology ad Curriculum Studies
Faculty of Education, University of Benin. Benin City, Nigeria
and
Prof.” (Mrs) U.B. Gbenetlio
Institute of Education
University of Benin, Benin City. Nigeria

Abstract
Reading is a medium of gathering information, it empowers one since it helps in the acquisition of knowledge. This paper investigated how reading can be used as a tool for combating HIV/NBS, tuberculosis and malaria which kill millions of Nigerians and affect the socio—economic development of the country. The English language curriculum can be used to teach students about these diseases through composition, comprehension and summary lessons if incorporated in teaching The younger generation can Lise the information gathered from reading to empower themselves by making the right choices and improving the quality of their lives. To accomplish the purpose of this study, three research questions were raised. The research design of the study was a survey and the instrument used for collecting data was a questionnaire titled ‘Students’ Awareness of HIV/AIDS,Tuberculosis and Malaria Questionnaire (SAATMQ) made up of fifty five items.The simple percentage was used to analyse data collected. The findings revealed that students are aware of the menace of these diseases but teachers do not include materials on these diseases in their teaching. Based on the findings, it was recommended that materials on these diseases should be made available in schools and teachers should include materials on H]V/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in their teaching.

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