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The inability of pupils at the early childhood development level to read is among major factors accounting for poor academic performance in most societies.
It has come to the fore that majority of Ghanaian school pupils are unable to read and write legibly; a situation that has been described as deeply worrying.
This has necessitated the establishment of a Read Ghana Foundation (RGF) as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to look into key issues and solutions in order to achieve literacy for all Basic School Pupils in Ghana.
“As a country, we must all come to the realization that, good literacy skills are essential for improving people’s lives and promoting strong and sustainable economic growth in Ghana.
“Developing strong skills in literacy is critical to a child’s success in early learning and beyond.
“Literacy gives power to the individual to develop capacities for reflection, critique, empathy and is core to personal well-being,” the organizers have stated.
In a presentation to the Assembly Members at the 3rd Ordinary General Assembly meeting Pastor Bright Mcbrain Tulasi, the Training Officer of the RGF said the preparedness of the Foundation as a pacesetter as far as issues of literacy promotion among Ghanaians especially school pupils and pregnant women are concerned is a priority.
The presentation is the first of its kind across the country. Other District Assemblies and Municipalities will also be visited within the cause of 2019 as part of the Foundation’s roadmap.
Tolulasi touched on the following during the seminar; reading as the key to learning, the pregnant reader, the intelligent baby, reading aloud to children, bed time stories, visiting the library, books as birthday gifts, reading competition promotion in electoral areas, buying interesting story books for children and introducing get caught reading competition in schools.
He concluded that, a reading nation is a winning nation, believing strongly with all the important stakeholders coming on board, “we will shape and change the future of education in Ghana”.
The Assembly members were very much enthused, contributed to support some points raised and also asked several questions for clarifications. They all pledged their preparedness to take reading promotional activities seriously in their respective electoral areas moving forward.
The DCE, Lawyer Wisdom Semanu Seneadza pledged his support to the “Get Caught Reading Competition” in all schools within the district, adding that, he will do his best to make sure the district tops in education especially in the area of reading.
Source: Bright Prika
Brands Manager, RGF