In surveys of African continent, 30 countries within the continent have more than 100,000 out-of-school children, 28 per cent of girls and 25 per cent of boys were out of school on average. Completion of primary school is a particular problem for children in sub-Saharan Africa. Literacy is a major problem in many communities in the sub-Saharan Africa particularly Nigeria as a country
Funda Wazi Book and Literacy event is an evidence-based interventions proposed to address low levels of literacy among children in disadvantaged circumstances. The Book and Literacy day is a 2 day program which takes place across public schools located in the less privileged area of Lagos State. At the program, free books, stationeries and notebooks are classified, sorted and distributed tothe age group for which they are intended to benefit. Also children are read to by Authors and Role models etc. Other activities such as Character dramatization, Book cover making, Handling interviews etc. are carried out during the program.
The purpose of the program is to enhance the literary skills of students and inculcate in them good reading habits and ensuring that children develop adequate vocabulary and conceptual knowledge in the early years. The target audience for the program are children in Public primary schools located in less privileged/ slums areas of Lagos State, Nigeria.