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Authors: OFUANI, F.N
Gbenedio, U.B
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Literacy and Reading in Nigeria
Series/Report no.: 13;1
Abstract: Reading is a medium of gathering information, it empowers one since it helps in the acquisition of knowledge. This paper investigated how reading can be used as a tool for combating HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria which kill millions of Nigerians and affect the socio-economic development of the country. The English language curriculum can be used to teach students about these diseases through composition, comprehension and summary lessons if incorporated in teaching. The younger generation can use the information gathered from reading to empower themselves by making the right choices and improving the quality of their lives. To accomplish the purpose of this study, three research questions were raised. The research design of the study was a survey and the instrument used for collecting data was a questionnaire titled `Students’ Awareness of HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria Questionnaire (SAATMQ) made up of fifty-five items. The simple percentage was used to analyze data collection. The findings revealed that students are aware of the menace of these disease but teachers do not include the materials on these diseases in their teaching. Based on the finding, it was recommended that materials on these diseases should be made available in schools and teachers should include materials on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in their teaching.
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