The Ga South Education Directorate has launched the maiden edition of its Reading Festival with the aim of promoting reading culture among pupils in the area.
The launch, which was held at Gbawe, under the auspices of USAID Ghana Partnership for Education, had the theme, “Learn to read, read to learn.”
Madam Felicia Agyeibea Okai, Ga South Municipal Education Director, in a speech read on her behalf, underscored the importance of reading in education, adding that it was key avenue for knowledge acquisition.
She urged teachers and parents to encourage children to actively engage in reading which can also aid them to effectively understand all the subjects for improved academic performance.
For instance, Madam Okai said teachers could promote reading culture by devoting the first period of class for reading activities, and explained that such move would help children with poor reading ability to pick up.
The quest to see children excel in the Basic Education Certificate Exam (BECE), she said must be done with much attention on reading which forms the basis of learning.
Madam Comfort Konadu Safo, headmistress of Mallam M/A “2” Basic School, explained the objectives of the reading festival, said that the project was aimed at improving the quality of reading in schools.
Madam Safo said that the project is committed to improving lower primary performance in reading as well as enhance early grade reading and mathematics teaching and reading.
She said that the partnership with USAID would support about 2.8 million pupils nationwide through the use of the reading festivals
“We want children from Kindergarten 1 to Primary 3, regardless of the circumstances they find themselves to achieve their full potential through reading,” she said.
She said that through activities such as spelling bee competitions in both Ghanaian languages and English, charade, role play, word formation and read aloud activities, would encourage and stimulate children’s interest in reading.
She said that this would boost early grade interest in reading in both Ghanaian and English languages with the aid of supplementary reading materials secured from USAID, which would also enable teachers to develop literacy skills.
By Emelia Enyonam Kuleke