About 3,570 early childhood development books have been presented by AFRIKIDS Ghana to 27 schools in two Sissala districts to augment teaching and learning resources and promote academic work.
The books would benefit 14 schools in the Sissala East Municipal area with another 13 schools in the Sissala West District also taking their share of the nongovernmental organisation’s donation, courtesy of Books Aid, UK.
Presenting the books at the Sissala East Education Office, Mr Emmanuel Lolo Namali, the Programmes Officer of Afrikids Ghana, said the organisation appreciates the importance of early childhood education in the country, hence the gesture to support the schools with the reading materials.
He expressed confidence that the materials would help boost teaching and learning and build stronger foundation of beginners since they require the right resource materials at the early stages of learning.
The books, made up of novels and fiction included Eric Carle -“slowly, slowly, slowly, Handa’s surprise Ellen Browne, Wilbur’s books of Numbers, Wilber’s books of the opposite, Wilber’s books of feelings, Rumble in the jungle, busy bear, Monkey and me and Cake in space etc.
Mr Godfrey Beveru Kanton, a representative of the Sissala East Municipal Education Directorate, expressed the hope that the resources would go a long way to strengthen early childhood education in the two districts and expressed their commitment to ensure that teachers put the books into good use.
“At the early childhood level, we do not have resource materials and this intervention from AFRIKIDS will really benefit our schools,” he said.
A total of 7,000 books were donated by the Books Aid in the United Kingdom to AFRIKIDS Ghana with 3,570 being handed over to 27 schools in the Upper West Region, and the rest 3,430 earmarked for distribution to other schools in the Upper East.