The first Western Regional Reading Festival, which aims at helping children to read effectively, has been held for pupils here.
The national reading festival, jointly organized by the Ghana Education Service and the USAID’s Ghana Partnership for Education Learning, through a collaborative initiative, is part of a national crusade to enhance the reading culture among pupils especially in public basic schools.
About four million pupils are expected to benefit from the five-year reading project through which thousands of books would be donated to the beneficiary children and schools across the country.
Opening the festival here, Mama Laryea, Senior School and Community Engagement Advisor with USAID Partnership for Education, lauded the high support from the other partners for the festival, which she said aimed at making reading interesting and enjoyable.
Mr. David Afram, Western Regional Education Director, indicated that one of the challenges in public schools was the inability of pupils to read, stressing that “reading skills built the foundation for all future learning.”
Early grade reading competence, he said, was critical for continued retention and success in future grades, and was optimistic the reading festival would help to improve the situation.
The Omanhene of Lower Dixcove, Nana Akwasi Agyemang IX, who chaired the event, recalled his childhood days when pupils were given books to take home to read, and those who failed in the rhymes were lashed, saying “we need to reflect on the teaching and reading skills, and make it pleasurable for the children.”
From Clement Adzei-Boye,Takoradi