Popular Nigerian musician Flavour Nabania says good reading and writing skills are vital to enhancing the academic performance of students.
Flavour was speaking to students participating in the Rosetta Steps Educational Foundation’s “Read to Succeed” after school program in New Kru Town, Bushrod Island, recently.
The popular artist described Liberian youth as the future of Africa and said building their capacity in reading and writing is essential to ensure a brighter future for the continent.
He said good reading skills enable students to gain a better understanding of all other subjects, including enhancing their skills in the arts, especially music.
The Rosetta Steps Educational Foundation is a literacy center founded in honor of Mrs. Rosetta Benson Harris, former principal of the William V. S. Tubman High School in Monrovia. The school focuses on developing the skills of students in phonics and reading. It operates an afterschool phonics program funded by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and EXXON Mobil.
After touring facilities at the center, Flavour promised to donate an undisclosed amount of money to improve the school’s learning facilities. He also offered scholarships for 25 students to enroll in the afterschool program.
Flavour’s visit was characterized by excitement and jubilation, with the crowd chanting, “We want Flavour!” Ms. Ama Harris, executive director of the foundation, expressed her thanks and appreciation to Flavour and his team, stating that his visit shows the depth of his concern for the wellbeing of his fans, as well as his ability to go beyond his duty as a musician.
She said his visit marked a joyous and memorable escape from the harsh realities of everyday life in low income communities, which the young people of the borough would not forget.
Reading and writing has proven to be one of the many postwar challenges facing the country’s education sector.