Pupils mark world ‘Read Aloud Day’ in Accra

ReadingPUPILS from selected public schools in Madina, an Accra suburb, marked world ‘Read Aloud Day’ by engaging in reading and storytelling activities.

The event, which took place on Independence Day March 6, saw the children within the communities reading in groups, reading individually and also being read to.

Celebrated by over one million people in more than 80 countries, World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers.

The local event was organised by Read Ghana, a registered charity that provides a community-led reading literacy services for children in public schools. Volunteers and facilitators were on hand to assist kids in the exercise.

Ghanaian author and two-time CNN African journalist award winner, Mr. Kofi Akpabli, who was the special guest reader for the celebration, said that the right to literacy belongs to all people.

“By coming together to raise our voices on this day we show Ghanaian children that we support their future,” the writer declared. He told the children that their different Ghanaian backgrounds provided a great opportunity to live and capture very interesting experiences.

Mr. Akpabli, who will be teaching African Studies at the Central University next semester, told the children that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories. He entertained the delighted children with humorous excerpts from his books ‘Harmattan’, ‘Romancing Ghanaland’ and ‘Tickling the Ghanaian.’

Ms. Klenam Atsufui Normanyo of Read Ghana, said the event was organised to provide an opportunity for everyone to read, adding that it is a day to celebrate reading and storytelling with an entire community.

“Reading aloud is important to everyone’s literacy development. Reading aloud allows you to share your love of reading, and helps everyone around you become readers too, ” Ms. Normanyo said.

Later, Mr. Akpabli presented books and some stationeries to the children, promising to send them more if they start writing their own stories. They, in turn, asked him questions about his work and how they can also write. The items were donated by Friesland Ghana Limited.

World Read Aloud Day, which fell on March 4, was celebrated locally to coincide with Ghana’s Independence Day. In all, about 80 school children within the Madina Estate participated.

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