‘Parents must help cultivate habit of reading in pupils’

Infinity 970, a local Non-Governmental Organisation, has organised its second youth variety show for children of Osu and its environs to climax this year’s Homowo’s festival celebration with a call on pupils to make reading a lifetime habit.

Dubbed ‘Read for life’ the programme sought to sharpen the reading, writing and communication skills of pupils.

The show which was also aimed at unearthing talents among children saw a reading competition among the pupils.

The pupils who made it to the second phase of the competition took part in reading, talent exhibition, football and dancing competition at the event.

The winners of the English and Ga reading competition were Marcus Aveh, Rose Ntsiful, Annang Oseikir, Abigail Neequaye, Stephen Ayettey, Ewoenam Fedieley, Murphy Alo, PhilipaAgyapong, Rebecca Quarshie and Sylvia Agyemang.

Others who won the dancing and drawing competition were Samuel Sackitey, Ruth Ahwireng, Charles Ekow Sann, Patricia Brown and Godfred Addo.

Each winner was presented with a pack of exercise book, a box of pen and reading materials to motivate them and others to hone the act of reading as well as improving on their talents.

Mr Stephen Kojo Fiawoo, a musician, speaking at the event advised  the children to cultivate the habit of reading.

According to him, reading was prerequisite for life and without it no one would be able to compete in today’s world.

The multiple award winning musician said reading broadens the knowledge level and it gives people vital keys to unlock some doors of opportunities relevant for future goals.

Using himself as an example, he opined that reading and education had a vital key to play in his music and production career adding that for musicians to have rich lyrical content depended on the materials they were exposed to.

The Osudoku Circuit Supervisor of  Education, Ms Georgina Winifred Rabbles, who was also a judge at the competition, noted that most of the shortcomings of the participants were their inability to pronounce words/vocabulary accurately.

“As a judge for this competition the problem the children mainly encountered were pronunciation, punctuations and mentioning the title of their stories. The major problem was the phonetics which made most of the participants lose marks,” she noted.

For pupils to be able to pronounce words correctly, she tasked teachers to start teaching children phonetics right from kindergarten to help them excel in pronunciation which in many ways would be great armour in improving their reading skills

 BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE

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