Management of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Foundation has presented 2,000 copies of literature books to the Accra Academy and Accra Wesley Girl Senior High Schools in Accra.
The African literature books authored by Professor Ama Ata Aidoo and titled ,‘The Girl we can’ was to help instill the culture of reading among senior high school students in the country.
The UBA Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of the UBA Plc and for the past four years, the UBA Ghana has been supplying literature books written by African writers to a number of senior high schools with the ultimate aim of improving both written and verbal communication in English.
Ms Obi Ibekwe, Executive Director, Resources, UBA Ghana, who represented the Chairman of the Foundation, said it was through reading that individuals gain greater understanding, which in turn leads to better insight and solution to challenges.
She said it is not only giving back to society that matters but also creating a dynamic educational platform for the future generations of the country.
She said ‘Read Africa” initiative, where the bank gives literature books was one of the flagship activities that encourages young people to not only read books of all kinds but also explore and shape their own narratives.
Ms Ibekwe said in conjunction with the initiative, the bank also successfully runs the national essay writing competition for senior high schools.
She said the competition seeks to identify future literacy greats and also highlight the breadth of talent in the African continent.
The Executive Director implored the young people to read widely and voraciously to enable them develop their future.
“Knowledge and pursuit should be a lifelong activity that continues to enrich one’s life,” she added.
She expressed the hope that the initiative would continue to grow in scope and impact, influencing the lives of all those involved in its activities.
Mr Samuel Ofori Agyei, headmaster of Accra Academy commended the bank for their efforts to invest in the mental development of the future generations.
He said the presentation of the literature books was more valuable than most of the educational activities organised in schools.
The headmaster encouraged students to take reading seriously, since the bank has invested heavily in acquiring these educational materials.
He, therefore, assured management of the bank that the presentation would reflect on the performance of the students.
Prof Aidoo called on teachers and stakeholders in the educational sector and parents to continue to encourage students to cultivate the habit of reading regularly.
She said even though standards have really fallen, there should not be any blame game but rather there should be more literature books from the foundation of education in the country.