By Cecil Mensah
The Second Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has expressed worries about the inability of children to read and write common sentences in Englsih.
According to the Second Lady, even most children in schools across the country can also not read.
“I am not talking about children in my village but it will interest you to know that there children in schools in the cities who cannot read.
She made this comment at the launch of ‘Stock Your Library Project’ organized by EPP Books Services on the theme: Addressing the Reading Challenge through Private Sector Participation in Accra.
She revealed that Ghana has a population 27 million with and adult literacy rate of 76.6 percent.
She said even though Basic Education is free but in the rural areas children do not stay in school and most of them do not go beyond basic level.
She noted that the impact of not being literate is far –reaching for the individual and the community.
‘Being able to read and write enable people to realize many rights and many other social goods.
It is in this light that the stock your library project could not have come at a better time,” she said.
She explained that, as a follow-up of the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations, has published some 17 Sustainable Development Goals to
guide the role of the public and non-profit making organization.
She said, this wa to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Government has over the years embarked on projects to ensure that all basic schools have libraries stocked with books.
From 1999 to 2002 the Ministry of Education through the Danish Fund for International Development (DFID) has put over six million books in all public basic schools in the country she added.
She commended the Teachers Education Network (TEN) for helping to train teachers to use creative and innovative ways to assist children acquire reading skills.
She urged the management of EPP Books Services to collaborate with Ghana Library Association to ensure that teachers are given some training on how to make children read.
According to her, putting books per se in libraries is good but ensuring that the children know how to use them.
Miss Millicent Brookman Amissah, General Manager at EPP Books Services, one of the largest distributors of books in the country, said the launch was aimed at donating quality books to various schools and other institutions leading in research.
She said, the initiative was in fulfillment of a promise the company made to support the educational system in the country.
She said, the initiative was to donate over five million Ghana Cedis worth of books forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility of supporting teaching and learning in various institutions.
Prof P.S. Dadzie, the President of the Ghana Library Association, commended EPP Books for the efforts to help children read.
She further lamented about the poor state of libraries at the various institutions across the country.
She made an appeal to other corporate institutions to support EPP Books with infrastructure for the books to be supplied.