Educare Focus Initiative (EFI), a local Nongovernmental Organization, has launched a Read and Write Campaign in the Central Tongu district of the Volta region.
The campaign is the maiden project of EFI in the district and is expected to be extended to the two other Tongu Districts and beyond.
According to the Executive Director of EFI, Godwin Ayikpa, the launch is part of a comprehensive programme which seeks to improve and monitor the educational performance of pupils and students in the district and beyond.
Mr. Ayikpa stated that the inability of pupils and students to write creatively and read fluently is a threat to the future development of the pupils.
To fight this threat, he indicated, Educare Focus Initiative will form reading and writing clubs in schools, organize training programs to equip pupils with creative writing skills.
The NGO will also institute an inter-school or inter-club writing and reading competitions with awards to deserving pupils as well as provide writing and reading materials to schools.
This, he said, will be followed by a Mobile Library project and Exercise Book Per Child project.
Speaking at the launch, the chief of Mafi-Adidome, Torgbe Kwesinyi Agyeman IV commended the organization for the laudable initiative and pledged his full support to make it successful.
Both the District Chief Executive of Central Tongu and Member of Parliament, Thomas Moore Zonyrah and Gabby Alexander Hotordze, respectively commended the Executive Director of EFI for his foresight in initiating this campaign.
The DCE in his speech said, “we have been expecting this kind of initiatives to help our children to acquire creative writing skills. I, therefore, assure Educare Focus Initiative of my fullest support and that of the Assembly”.
The MP also gave similar assurance of his full support in whatever way possible to make the initiative a success. He called on philanthropists and concerned citizens to provide logistical support to help improve the standard of education throughout the district.
George Kwaku Dzeto, a senior lecturer at Presbyterian University College, Tema campus, who chaired the programme, pleaded with parents and other stakeholders in the district to lend their support to this campaign since literacy is very key in the future success of children.
Pupils from Roman Catholic Primary School in Adidome, who read a citation at the launch, promised the district a message of hope.
They said when they are provided with the needed learning and teaching aids as well as educational opportunities, they would not let their parents down. They therefore appealed to everybody to support Educare Focus Initiative.
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