1st Lady launches new TV programme

Miss Rebecca Akuffo

Miss Rebecca Akuffo

The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has launched a new television programme to improve reading and learning habits amongst school children as part of efforts to boost literacy rates across the country.

The “Learn to Read, Reading to Learn” initiative under her foundation would have an adult reader engage students in weekly interactive reading sessions to improve their literacy skills.

Expected to begin airing on Saturday, October 27, the programme would also expose school children to renowned Ghanaian writers through books written to pick up valuable morals and lessons to shape their thinking abilities.

Launching the initiative at a fully packed Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Hall in Accra yesterday, the First Lady feared the consequences of a poor reading culture particularly among children on the nation if not addressed.

She observed that “many school children on sub-saharan region cannot read well and yet we know that the social and economic cost of illiteracy is huge”.

“Research shows that many primary school children in Ghana are unable to read English or any Ghanaian language and this is totally unacceptable because its consequences on our development is unimaginable,” she observed.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to encourage the culture of reading and “model it for our children to build a better literacy society”.

She entreated parents to establish a routine of reading with their children “and to you children read a book each day. Learn new words, start writing little stories each day and use the internet responsibly to shape your future”.

Expressing her foundation’s determination to improve child literacy, the First Lady mentioned the building of libraries in school clusters across the country with the first one in the Bia West District in the Western Region near completion.

“We have also refurbished the Braille Production Centre at Adabraka in Accra to supply textbooks to visually impaired students,” she disclosed.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo called on donor partners and corporate institutions to support the Foundation to reach out to more school children across the country.

“The Rebecca Foundation is committed to the vision of a better literate society by starting with our young ones. Investing in them today will yield the needed dividends of a highly literate society tomorrow.

The Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh in a speech read on his behalf indicated that his outfit was putting vigorous reforms in place to improve educational outcomes in the country.

“We have rolled out what we call the Four Rs; Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Critical thinking to improve learning outcomes and ensure that no child is left out in the educational processes,” he stated.

The minister in congratulating the Rebecca Foundation for the initiative urged parents and guardians to “read together with children to open up their minds to new development”.

By Abigail Annoh

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