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ZODML promotes reading culture with e-library


A not-for-profit organization set up in memory of Z.O Dibiaezue, the Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries (ZODML), has launched an e-library www.zodml.org.

Speaking at the launch, co-chairperson and member of ZODML’s Board of Trustees, Mrs. Ifeoma Esiri, noted that the online resource has been designed to give students and readers of all ages throughout Nigeria and across the world access to resources to educate themselves.

The launch, she said, is central to the achievement of ZODML’s mission of providing channels for people to acquire knowledge and improve their learning by accessing the information and learning tools offered by the library.

Also, she said that ZODML’s vision is to see a Nigeria in which everyone has access to resources for personal development and growth.

“At the core of this project is self-learning which can only be possible if there is free access to educational resources. Now, with the launch of our website, www.zodml.com, students and readers all over Nigeria and beyond can access our online library and also take advantage of the various learning tools that the website has.”

Mrs. Esiri, she said is bi-monthly essay competition for secondary school students as part of activities to project and launch the website.
Students, she pointed out would be required to write short essays on their learning process in their various schools, adding, the winning entry would win a net book and a visit to Google Nigeria to experience a day of work at the search engine company.
In her remarks, another member of trustee of ZODML and rights activist, Mrs. Ayo Obe, lamented the dearth of good libraries where students could just go and have a good read in Nigeria. The launch of ZODML’s, she said, would not only make it easier for students and everyone to borrow books from the library online but will also help students to learn how to use the internet for constructive activities and learning.
ITRealms gathered that some of website’s features consist of a catalogue of past question papers for secondary students from notable examination bodies like the West African Examinations Council, (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO) and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), journals and articles, a career guide section and a special collection of writing by Nigerians living in Nigeria and the diaspora.
Additionally, the website seeks to be ‘Nigeria-centric’, giving books and novels written by Nigerian authors a given centre stage, to inspire writing skills in Nigerian students.

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