Ghanaian books must reflect local setting

Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur

Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur

The Second Lady, Mrs. Matilta Amissah-Arthur, has advised writers to produce books with contents of Ghanaian setting.

That, she said, would make it easier for children to read and understand books they use as supplementary readers at school.

She expressed worry that some supplementary readers had foreign settings, making it difficult for children to read and understand.

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur made the suggestion when she opened the first ever reading festivals at Likpe Mate in the Hohoe Municipality.

The event, which was organised by Biblionef Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in collaboration with View Point, brought together 18 schools selected from the municipality and South Dayi district.

The school children competed in crossword puzzle word search, drawing story telling and spelling.

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur said that children in their formative years should be encouraged to read and spend less time on less useful things.

She called on schools to form reading clubs to encourage students to read more books, to improve their oral communication.

She expressed concern that some children could not read examination questions, and therefore unable to answer them correctly.

She called on teachers and parents to work as a team to improve teaching and leaving.

Mrs. Patricia Arthur, Executive Director of Biblionef Ghana, said the group sought to address the problem of poor reading habits among less privileged children in Ghana.

The Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive, Dr. Mangrat Kweku, assured that the Assembly will support the the NGO to improve education in the area.

She urged children to join reading clubs to improve their reading skills.

From Kafui Gati, Likpe Mate

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