The Reading Station Library, a literacy-focused Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based at North Kaneshie in Accra last Saturday donated reading books for elementary school pupils of Bubiashie and its environs.
The books were gifted to the children to enable them to study and read at home in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic that has made it difficult for pupils to attend public libraries.
About 4,000 storybooks and course materials were distributed to the pupils ranging from class one to six with an age interval of three to 12 years at a socially distanced open day forum at the Bubiashie Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P.) Church.
The Founder of The Reading Station Library and US-based Elementary School teacher, Patience Kodua supported by her assigns took the pupils through effective reading and understanding techniques.
More than 50 pupils in the Bubiashie Metropolis benefited from the clinic that also witnessed the children being taken through how to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Mrs Kodua told Graphic Online that the books were best given to the pupils to read at home to avoid wasting them at the shelves in the library.
“I came back from the US and realised that the book in The Reading Station Library at Bubiashie was gathering dust, so I decided it’s better we give it to these children to read at home and stay focused,” she said.
“I am passionate about reading and being a daughter of a former teacher who always took us to the then Kaneshie Library to read, I want children to stop idling about and read to create a well-read Ghanaian society,” she stated.
She bemoaned the lack of libraries and reading avenues in the country and called on the government to do one to make reading attractive to the youth in society.
The Reading Library later donated a carton of books to the Teshie Orphanage in Accra.