The Sahara Group, a leading Energy conglomerate, has said it will donate 50,000 books and set up rural libraries in public schools and communities in Nigeria as part of its project in championing the cause for a world full of books that can be accessed by all, especially the less privileged.
In a statement, the group said Sahara Foundation will also amass books that can be sent to children in Internally Displaced Persons camps as part of its programme to mark the World Book Day.
“This vision has been the thrust of Sahara’s literacy and empowerment projects at its various locations as the energy giant continues to support education and capacity building activities among children and youths. Sahara dreams of a ‘Book World’; one that resonates with Plato’s submission: “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”
”In 2016, the Group’s Corporate Responsibility organ, Sahara Foundation plans to engage in sustainable projects that will improve the reading culture of children as well as improve their learning environment. One of such projects involves the quest to donate over 50,000 books and set up 10 rural libraries in selected rural communities and public schools in Benue State.
“This initiative to make books more accessible to more children and youths will be replicated in Sahara locations globally and other areas with the support of strategic partners.
“To mark this year’s World Book Day, Sahara Foundation is embarking on a Book Drive to amass books that can be sent to children in Internally Displaced Persons camps and other high need areas.
In keeping with Sahara’s policy of Personal Corporate Social Responsibility (PCSR), Sahara Group staff volunteers will give out books and make cash donations towards the purchase of books for students of Bethseda School for the Blind.
Sahara Foundation launched the ‘Read to Me’ School Project in 2014 to promote a reading culture amongst children. This initiative, which is spearheaded by staff members who serve as volunteers, encourages reading for knowledge and leisure.