18 September 2009

Uganda: Citibank Donates Reading Materials

Kampala — Young people have been encouraged to strive for success through reading, an important activity, which can be done even away from the classroom.

A bank official visiting a Kampala school has given his success story as an example of what reading can help an individual achieve.

Pupils of Railway Primary Children's School were exhorted to use the newspapers given to them through Daily Monitor's Newspapers in Education programme to the full if they are to succeed. Citibank's Managing Director Chinedu Ikwudinma regaled the children with his experiences.

Mr Ikwudinma was accompanied by the bank's Executive Director Rita Balaka with whom he handed books and other reading materials to the children on September 15.

"I grew up in difficult conditions with war and poverty," Mr Ikwudinma said, "but I grew up to be successful because I took reading seriously." The bank officials were at the school to deliver on a promise made by Citibank London's Jenifer Scaldino, who visited Railway school and promised to send reading materials. The official made the pledge during a similar NiE visit in 2008.

Mr Ikwudinma, a Nigerian, told the children that through reading, he learnt so much about the world and this made him wiser. "While in school, I read about Uganda and the River Nile," he narrated, "and I know this was important because I now use that knowledge now that I am working here."

The children were left with a slogan to go by in all reading matters: I have a chance to succeed. The bank officials engaged the children in vigorous group activities, which left the children laughing especially because of the prospect of someone in Mr Ikwudinma's capacity jumping up and down and swinging their hands in the air just like one of them.

This was part of the bank's corporate social responsibility drive. Citibank is a platinum sponsor of a number of schools that are chosen and monitored by the Private Education Development Network to receive newspapers through Daily Monitor's Newspapers in Education programme.

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