Accra, August 28, GNA – Mrs Ewura-Abena Ahwoi, an Educationist, has called on parents to introduce inter-generational reading in homes to inculcate reading habits among children.
She said: “In the olden days our elders used to gather children especially in the night to tell them stories and that sustain children interest in story telling as well as develop their reading habits”.
Speaking at the launch of this years’ Ghana Readers Club Week, Mrs Ahwoi noted that children’s reading habits start from the home and urged parents to assist their wards to develop the skills of reading.
“Reading is a skill that has to be nurtured,” she said and urged parents to initiate reading to their children at home to broaden their perspective of issues.
The event is being organised by the Ghana Readers Club in collaboration with the Ghana Library Authority, with sponsorship from the GCB Bank, Golden Tree Chocolate, Kingdom of The Netherlands, EPP Book Services and M-P infrastructure.
The week-long event interlaced with seminars is on the theme, “Reading: A Tool for National Development”.
Mrs Ahwoi therefore advocated the establishment of reading clubs in all schools throughout the country to bridge the gap between deprived areas and the cities.
She also called for Concurrent National Plan on reading, which should be spearheaded by the Ghana Library Authority, adding, “A child who reads becomes an adult who thinks”.
Sheik Armiyawo Shaibu, Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, said children who had improved reading ability have the chance to perform well in their education.
He said reading builds children’s self-confidence; provide greater understanding of cultures and above all makes them functional in a simple way.
He also emphasized the need to extend reading clubs to every community, especially the deprived ones to restore discipline among the youth.
Mr Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh, President of the Ghana Readers Club, said the week celebration was the first in the series of events for the next five years.
He said they would organize similar events in all regions and urged teachers and parents to get ready to welcome the team.
He, therefore, appealed to their regular donors and stakeholders to support their efforts to sustain the programme.