Founder and Executive Director of Read Ghana Foundation, Mr. Mathias Tulasi in an interview with Awake News stated that, “the establishment of Read Ghana Foundation as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) is a wake-up call to the literacy crisis that affects Basic School Pupils in our country Ghana.”
He explained that, there is the “need to realise that reading and writing are much more than a technique or a skill.”
He was of the view that, societies need to face the unseen crisis and that all stakeholders need to do something and act together in order to boost literacy levels and reduce illiteracy rate in the country.
He said “we are living a paradox: while the digital age requires ever higher levels of literacy, thousands of Ghanaian Basic School Pupils continue to fail in reaching the mark.”
According to him, “far too often we take for granted everyone’s ability to read and write,to process information and to critically engage with its multiple sources.”
“Sadly, for far too often we assume that it is up to teachers, schools or governments only to deal with literacy but we forget that, literacy skills touch so many aspects of our social and economic functioning, so we must understand broad range of players have a role to play in addressing the issues.” – He added
Mr. Tulasi said these challenges necessitated the coming out of Read Ghana Foundation to look at the key issues and solutions to achieve literacy for all Basic School Pupils in Ghana and the entire country at large.
He opined that, Basic School Pupils should be encouraged to develop love for books and the disposition to read because becoming a life time reader is based on developing a very deep love for reading at a tender age.
The teacher believes as interesting stories are read to pupils, they would see the reader as a role model.
“They should be made to listen to a wide range of interesting and exciting fiction, nonfiction, poetry and rhymes, retell familiar stories and share a wide range of books with adults and other pupils.” – He emphasized
He also challenged teachers and parents to give opportunities to pupils to enable them browse in the book corners and use books to find information.
He stressed that, as children begin to understand that print carries meaning they should also be encouraged to develop a curiosity about words, how they sound, the patterns within words and how they are composed.
To him, through sharing and using books, children would become familiar with letters and their shape and sound adding that contexts for learning and reading experiences should be made enjoyable for pupils.
When asked about their plans for schools as far as this academic term was concerned, this is what he has to say:
Friday 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2017:
A talk on reading. Definition of reading,types of reading techniques and the importance of reading books and other educational materials.
Friday 27TH OCTOBER, 2017:
A talk on ways of promoting reading. Thus the roles of parents,teachers, pupils or students etc
Friday 24TH NOVEMBER, 2017:
Dictionary Game. A very interesting game to help build vocabularies of pupils or students.
Aside the above, he stated that, they have being doing free evening reading class for children in communities, donating books to pupils, libraries, radio talk shows on issues concerning reading, giving talks at conferences, helping kids to create their own stories etc
I also want to use this opportunity to congratulate the numerous facilitators of the NGO across the country for their dedication towards this social work they doing to help Ghana and congratulated all the other literacy related NGOs in the country for the great efforts as well.
And also thank the Global FM 105.1, Kekeli FM 102.9, Klenam FM 101.5 , Dela 105.7 Radio, Radio Hogbe 106.5, Universe FM 105.7 for their great support so far.
I wish state clearly that Read Ghana Foundation is committed to sweeping away the saying that, if you want to hide something from a black man then put it in a book and that a reading nation is a winning nation.
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