The Director of El-Shadai Preparatory School has asked government to put in more effort in promoting reading among children as a way of developing the desire to pursue education.
Mrs Patience Ankamah Addo says, “I haven’t seen much input of government in terms of promoting reading to ensure that reading became a hallmark in everything we do.”
She said this during a presentation ceremony organized by Edupro Concept Ventures to honor the overall best student in its maiden Smile Read Project at the El-Shadai Basic School, Tema Newtown.
She observed that if children started reading, it would encourage them to take education more seriously, which would affect their future development.
She appreciated parents within the Tema Newtown fishing community, who against all odds, were putting in efforts to educate their children so they could live better lives.
The National Coordinator of Smile Read Project, Mrs Juliana Awo Lawson, in observing the importance of the Smile Read Project which gave room to average students to excel, said, “What happens to the average and above child? They may never have the chance to feel the stage in a competition.”
She said when the child went to the stage and engaged the attention of parents, the school, peers, etc., they would maintain their level of achievement which would force them to learn more.
She observed that some children do not know what is in them until they are explored. Therefore, she stressed the need to give as many children as possible the chance to take part in such competitions.
Mrs Lawson appealed to corporate Ghana, politicians, religious organizations, individuals, etc. to come to the aid of Edupro Ventures to help them reach as many children as possible.