BIC donates pencils to USAID Early Grade Reading programme

Mr. Nkonsah(fourth left), presenting the pencils to Nicoleau and Mr. Birikorang

Mr. Nkonsah(fourth left), presenting the pencils to Nicoleau and Mr. Birikorang

BIC has donated 100,000 evolution pencils to the USAID Early Grade Reading Programme to be distributed to needy pupils across the country.

Following the gesture, thousands of pupils are expected to receive the pencils from the USAID partnership programme to enhance education by increasing the availability of quality materials to improve teaching and learning in over 7,200 schools.

Country Business Development Manager at BIC, George Nkonsah who made the donation on behalf of the company said the move formed part of their corporate social responsibilities.

“We have been impressed by the ambitious project of USAID Partnership for Education: Learning’s objective to make 1.1 million children to read in Ghana,” he added.

The BIC evolution pencil, he said was environmentally friendly as it had been made from recycled material and very flexible for children to have fun while learning.

Chief of Party, USAID Partnership for Education, Learning, Guitele Nicoleau said available data indicates that, in many of schools in the country, pupils do not have pencils, thus hindering their ability to fully participate in the reading programme.

“The donation by BIC is to support the fight to address the current low reading scores of children in the early grades and also to ensure that all Ghanaian children have the opportunity to become lifelong readers,” he stated.

The pencils she said shall be distributed to pupils at kindergarten one to primary two in schools throughout the country.

The USAID Partnership for Education: Learning is part of an integrated project designed to support the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to improve reading performance in public schools in Ghana.

Fred Birikorang of the Basic Education Department of the GES lauded the two outfits, BIC and USAID for partnering to develop education in the country.

He said they would ensure that the pencils are distributed adequately for the benefit of pupils across the country.

 BY MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE

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