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Volunteering as a Children’s book Designer

 

 

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”

Spoken by Greek philosopher Aristotle over 2300 years ago, one of the most ancient quotes about volunteering offers proof that giving back to the community is hardly a new concept.

With this in mind, I was excited when I came across an opportunity to volunteer my skill to help young children read.

 



About Flipleaves

FlipLeaves brings creative African people and storytellers together to make books for children all in one day. These books are then curated and made available for prints and download for free.

Why FlipLeaves:

Before writing was ever a thing, we told stories of our history and culture around the campfires and the open skies. Education was strictly word of mouth and lessons were embedded in songs. We knew our stories.

The christian missionaries around the advent of the 20th century started educating young children in the british ways and in 1843 the first school was built at badagry.

In 1892 Henry Carr became the first black man to become a school inspector where he had gathered over 18,000 books in his private home called the “haven”. He allowed students after school come over to his house to read and expand their knowledge. This books were later acquired by the government to form the now called university of Ibadan.

In 1958 the first 2,000 books of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” was published this which set the center stage for other African literature writers with a unique perspective on African stories.

In 1980, the number of students that gained admission into primary school was about 12 million

And it has being on an exponential rise ever since, 2016 having no less than 26 million primary school students.

However despite these high numbers, In 2018, according to the world bank among 18- to 37-year-olds in Nigeria, only 19 percent of primary completers can read.

 

They can be contacted via  https://flipleaves.com/

 

 

A Designer’s Delight

So far, I have volunteered in the three (3) seasons/versions of the program and it is always a delight to volunteer my skill every time.

At the end of each session or during a reading session (of the books) for the kids, their smile spells fulfillment everytime for me and other volunteers.

Thank you, Flipleaves for the opportunity!