He said when they committed children to read, it bred discipline in them, a sense of purpose, planning and focus.
“When you commit them to read, it will build a certain culture that will inure to the benefit of the children, their school system and help you the parents as well.
I will, therefore, entreat you to read with the children, resource them to read and the Junior Graphic will play a complementary role to help you in this,” he stated.
Mr Afful said this at the 20th Anniversary Cake-cutting Ceremony of the Junior Graphic, a publication of the GCGL. Other publications of the GCGL are the Daily Graphic (the flagship newspaper), The Mirror, Graphic Showbiz, Graphic Sports, Graphic Business and Graphic Online.
He said the COVID-19 era presented a challenge to parents to be directly involved in the education of their children because children were now spending a lot more time at home.
The managing director used the occasion to announce the continuous online publication of the Chief Examiner’s report and other content on the Graphic NewsPlus by the to help prepare candidates for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
He said the continuation of that online content would also help candidates to know how to answer BECE questions and also have an idea about the questions which were set.
“I, therefore, entreat students to take advantage of this opportunity to go through this content the newspaper is providing them online. I wish all the BECE candidates well in their examination,” he stated.
He commended staff of the brand for their hard work during the 20 years that the Junior Graphic had been in existence and the readers for their support.
In her welcome address, the Editor of the Junior Graphic, Ms Doreen Hammond, recounted the history of the newspaper, stating that it started in the 1950s as an insert in the Daily Graphic but on September 6, 2000, it became a full newspaper with the mandate of serving the youth of Ghana.
She said the newspaper had since cultivated a habit of reading in children and provided a platform for them to express their opinions on national issues.
“It has also played an advocacy role. In the classroom, the newspaper has been a great teaching material for teachers and parents to read in order to be abreast of what is going on with their children,” she pointed out.
Unfortunately, she said, the COVID-19 outbreak and its protocols meant that the publication of the hard copies of the newspaper had to be suspended; however, it had intensified its presence online and on the Graphic NewsPlus.
She said going forward, the newspaper intended to continue its mandate to serve the youth even better and also provide richer content on its online platforms.
She thanked all the stakeholders of the brand such as the Ghana Education Service, UNICEF, the police and teachers for their support over the years.
Present at the ceremony were management members and editors of the various brands of newspapers of the GCGL.