The Ghana Education Service (GES), in collaboration with World Vision Ghana, has launched a project to boost literacy in the Fanteakwa District in the Eastern Region.
The project is expected to support the development of reading skills among young children outside school hours.
The Project Coordinator, Ms Rebecca Larbi, stated this last Monday at a meeting to talk about the progress of the implementation of the project.
She explained that the programme which started last year was expected to end in February 2019.
According to her, the 2013 early grade reading assessment from the GES showed that 88 per cent of children in Primary Two could not read with comprehension.
Ms Larbi said it is to increase literacy skills and learning outcomes for over 10,000 children from Kindergarten Two to Primary Three in the district that this programme was initiated,” she said.
Commenting on the importance of the project, she noted that the project would also improve the teaching skills of over 500 teachers in 109 schools in the district.
At the programme which was to evaluate the implementation process, Ms Larbi said despite the provision of the basic needs of some schools in the district, they scored zero in external examinations.
She stressed that with the project, it had been realised that children did better when the local language was used as the mode of instruction.
“Under the project, reading camps have been created at market centres, schools and churches to enable children to go there to read. The centres have book banks where varieties of books are kept,” she pointed out.
The Deputy Director of Education in the Fanteakwa District, Mr Daniel Ahunu, lauded the project and pledged his support to implement it.
Some of the communities visited by the officials during the assessment programme were Nkankama, Obooho, Bepoase, Ehiamenkyene and Osino.
The Literacy Boost Project in the district, which commenced in March last year, was funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency.