Teacher implement project to help rural Children become better readers

A 37-year-old teacher in the Jaman North Municipality of the Bono Region named Ms. Salomey Kwabea Agyei has started a scheme to encourage vulnerable rural children to read for life.

When Ms. Agyei, an English teacher at the Municipality’s Kofiko M/A Junior High School, made an attempt to shatter the World Longest Reading Marathon Record, she brought attention to the Bono Region on a global scale.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani on the day of the launch, she explained that the initiative would seek more funding and construct community libraries and standard ICT centers in underprivileged communities through her Readspell Literacy Foundation.

With the advancement of ICT and the transformation of the globe into a global village, Ms. Agyei emphasized the need to make sure that children and vulnerable adults from underprivileged backgrounds, no matter what their circumstances, have access to computers and other smart devices so they can engage in digital interactions.

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The project would collaborate with key stakeholders, including the Ghana Library Authority (GLA) to ensure that the project beneficiary children also access recommendable reading books and spelling bees, and workshops for teachers to promote literacy and lifelong learning.

“We are determined to build community libraries and ICT centres to ensure access to educational resources,” she stated.

The project is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include partnerships for the global goals, gender equality, quality education, and decreased inequality.

She appealed for funding for the initiative from corporations, NGOs, multinational mining companies, philanthropists, United Nations agencies, and religious institutions.

“The project is dedicated to making reading interesting, easy and accessible for every Ghanaian child, particularly those in rural communities,” Ms Agyei stated.

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