Parents must inculcate habit of reading in children at early stage – WR Minister

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The Western Regional Minister Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah has reiterated the importance of cultivating the habit of reading at an early stage in life.

Speaking at the 2022 Western Regional Reading Festival which is under the theme “Learn to read, read to learn, the Regional Minister said reading helps one to imagine and if the country doesn’t get it right at the beginning when it comes to education, young people going to the Senior High Schools (SHS) and University will have a major difficulty.

He said, “Reading is very important to the children of this country, I am aware and I have practised knowing that, the more you read, the more you understand.”

“It is, therefore, my wish and hope that in such times as having a reading festival, it is important to let our children know that reading is a good thing because helps you travel to where you have never been.”

The Regional Director of Education, Mrs Felicia Agyeibea Okai said the programme is to help stimulate the interest of children in reading in the region and the nation as a whole and to also award outstanding performances.

“The event was necessitated to stimulate the interest of the children in reading and how to promote a reading culture in the region as a whole.”

“Reading as we all know promotes brain development and imagination, reading empowers, informs and entertains.”

On her part the USAID Learning (Chief of Part) Dr Mama Laryea said since 2014, USAID has procured over 14 million teaching and learning materials for public basic schools in and country and some of these materials include braille for pupils with visual impairment.

“The legacy we can leave our children is to support them for the acquisition of good reading skills, the broader of the reading festival is to sustain the gains of the project and strengthen ownership and opportunities for learners to demonstrate their reading abilities.”

The 2022 Western Regional Reading Festival was a collaborative effort between the Ghana Education Service and the USAID.

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