Reading Clubs for Basic Schools
At the Basic level, GBDC promotes reading through the formation of reading clubs, story-telling sessions and quizzes on books, drama and spelling drills. The objective of the clubs is to get the children interested in stories and reading, and to begin to see reading as an enjoyable activity. Secondly, having acquired the habit of reading, it is hoped it will translate into better academic performance.
To this end, during the first quarter of the year, the Council formed reading clubs in selected public basic schools in the Adentan Municipality in the Greater Accra region. This is an ongoing programme. In consultation with the District Director of Education for Adentan, four deprived schools were identified for the clubs.
- Ogbojo Presby Basic School
- Otanor Bethel Presby School
- Amrahia Adma Basic School and
- Sraha Adma Basic School.
The total number of pupils involved is four hundred and seventy five made up of pupils from class one to class five.
The sessions involve reading of selected books provided by GBDC after which the story and illustrations are discussed. The children read in turns, wrong pronunciations are corrected; difficult words are identified, explained and written on the board for the children to find the meanings after the exercise. They are encouraged to do so of their own free will.
The initial challenge for GBDC was that many of the class one pupils were unable to read. We therefore started by reading simple stories to them. The stories were then discussed and the illustrations were commented on by the children. The sessions were very interactive and we had lively discussions on both the stories and the illustrations.
Eventually, the children were given the chance to read the story books and some of them were actually able to read quite well. Prizes like colouring books and sharpeners were given to the readers to encourage others to read. Apart from stories, poetry was also introduced to the children.
At the end of one session one of the children said to one of our team, “Madam please don’t go”. One headmistress also informed us that the children had asked if we could come daily instead of once a week. This shows that the objectives of making the pupils see reading as fun is being achieved.
The programme is ongoing. It will be expanded to cover more schools and pupils in due course.