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WORLD MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY


Keynote Address by the National President of the Reading Association of Nigeria on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day held on 22nd February, 2021


The BoT Chair,

Members of RAN NEC,

Members of States’ RAN Excos,

Distinguished RANmates,

Teachers and Parents,

Pupils and Students,

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I am greatly privileged to present this address today. I do know that the notion of International Mother Language Day celebration is gaining grounds gradually.  I really do not want to bother you with the historical antecedents of the day as recognized by UNESCO. Yet, it is worthy to reiterate that theDay is an initiative of Bangladesh to mark their decision to utilize their mother tongue in the education of their young ones and since year 2000, it has been observed throughout the world.  The theme for this year ‘fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society is so apt and appropriate.

Multilingualism is a language situation where there are more than two languages in a society coexisting and utilized for everyday life situations. It is often referred to as linguistic plurality or diversity. We are aware that in many societies, people have deliberately refused to accept this situation favourably. We are equally not oblivious of the numerous challenges and quagmires that have greeted this negative and disturbing language situation.

Multilingualism can foster inclusion in education and society. One of the reasons for this assertion is that the thinking processes of humans are greatly connected with the language of education/learning.  Therefore, when the language of a child is the language of education, learning is sustained and enjoyed better. The idea of using a foreign language for education and in homes leads to trans/generational disconnect, lack of values and culturally famished persons. Kindly accept and project my humble submission that no language is better or superior to another.

Today as we engage in this celebration, let’s remember that your language is your identity. Your identity is your pride. You are expected to cherish, use, keep and transmit it to the next generation. One of the ways to do this is to speak, listen, read and write in your language. This simply involves the literacy skills that the Reading Association of Nigeria celebrate and project everywhere and every day. As we engage in various programmes to mark the Day, let’s close up the language divide in our homes, schools and societies. Use your language and pass it on to your children. Happy Celebration.

Thanks for listening and God bless.

Graceful Onovughe OFODU (PhD)

President, RAN        


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WORLD BOOK DAY🧩


Keynote Address by the National President of the Reading Association of Nigeria on the occasion of the World Book Day held on 4th March, 2021


The BoT Chair,

Members of RAN NEC,

Members of States’ RAN Excos,

Distinguished RANmates,

Teachers and Parents,

Pupils and Students,

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

It gladdens my heart today as we join the world to mark the World Book Day. Part of my joy is that we are products of books. We are here gathered to celebrate the place of books and how books have transformed our lives. No doubt books are bridges, ladders and links between the present, the past and the future. They transcend the time and space of the authors and widen the horizons of the human race.

The theme for this year ‘Share a Story’ is quite profound. Books are stories written by people for people of all ages to share. For me, a book is a dice. When you open it, it turns to you different perspectives and perceptions.  If it is not shared, it might die naturally. Many of our parents, died with their stories unwritten because they were not shared even orally and documented. So then, there are so many books in the grave. Have you ever shared your story to inspire hope in someone? Do so today. No matter who you are, you have a story to share. I enjoin you to share your own story today. Sharing could be in oral and written forms.

As we celebrate today, let’s inspire great hope in many children, women, men and persons who are struggling to read in our schools, communities and homes by reading to them; visit the libraries, display a character and describe how such character had influenced your life; attend book fairs, engage in meaningful reading competitions; encourage them to read without books. This can be done using various strategies: reading pictures/wordless books, signposts, counting many things around our homes, communities and places. As part of our children annual birthday celebration, let’s give books instead of the transient cakes and other gift items. They can always open the books again and again and glean knowledge and skills from such books someday and somehow. Let’s not also forget the digital opportunities opened to via e-books and other electronic media. Let’s utilize them effectively too.

 

When we do all this and many more, we open the spaces and paces of the readers and listeners to the potentials of reading, viewing and other communication skills. We really cannot quantity all these efforts now but time will tell when our stories are shared somehow, someday and somewhere. Lastly, let’s treasure and share our books with people all round us. You never can tell what miracle they might receive when they read them.  

Thanks for listening and God bless.

Graceful Onovughe OFODU (PhD)

President, RAN        


  • CAPTION FROM THE DAY

RAN AT ADULT EDUCATION LEARNING CENTER, IRASA ON IMTD.


UPCOMING EVENT🔌🔌

Association of Nigerian Authors in collaboration with Reading Association of Nigeria is organizing a Reading as part of activities to celebrate 2021 International Youth Day, Thursday. 12th August, 2021.The reading is honour of our past Present , Malam Denja ,Abdullahi.

THE BOOK FOR THE READING  “A Thousand Years of Thirst by the same author”


VENUE: De Rich Garden, opposite AEDC( NEPA) substation, old Karu Road, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, Nigeria


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