Adenta Book Fair
“INTRODUCE READING TO CHILDREN AT AN EARLY AGE” – MRS. MATILDA AMISSAH ARTHUR
The wife of former Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur, has advised parents and teachers to introduce reading to their children and wards as soon as they start talking.
Speaking at the opening of the Reading Fair project held in Adentan in September, she stated the importance of reading hence, the need to introduce the child to the basic principle of reading at a very early age.
“When you introduce the child to reading at an early age, the child will be able to start repeating the words you read to him or her. When this happens, the child will start mentioning some words by themselves and before you know, they will start reading” She said.
The two day reading fair was organized by a group of NGOs to help children enjoy the act of reading and attracted participants from some ten schools within the Adentan Municipality.
The Chairman of the program and also the President of Women’s Assistance and Business Association (WABA) Mrs. Gloria Ofori-Boadu also reiterated the need for parents and teachers to start reading to their kids and also encouraged that libraries across the country to also provide books for kids who are 3 years and younger.
The Reading Fair Project is a yearly initiative by an amalgamation of ten NGOs to help improve literacy levels among Ghanaian Children. The organizations are Biblionef Ghana, IREADGH, FRAKO Initiative, Ghana Book Trust, Children’s Literature Foundation, Sub-Saharan Publishers, IBBYGHANA, African Bureau Stories, Improving Lives Ghana, and WABA.
The organizations, after the program donated 120 books to each of the invited schools to start a library or restock their various existing libraries. .
Story by Kwabena Owusu.