The Kadjebi District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES), with support from USAID has organised a reading festival for 48 pupils selected from six out of eight circuits in the district.
The competition, aimed at encouraging pupils in kindergarten one to Primary three to read and develop an interest in reading and various fun activities and games.
Addressing the participants at Kadjebi in the Oti Region, Mr Seth Seyram Deh, the District Director of Education said USAID partnership learning programme in education since 2014 had supported the Ministry of Education, GES, and affiliated institutions to improve reading performance for pupils in public primary schools.
Mr Deh said out of the four major programmes implemented by USAID, the transition to English plus programme is one of the pivotal programmes implemented from the year 2020 as a result of the emergence and devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the programme since its implementation had benefitted more than 800,000 pupils and over 5,000 schools in all the 16 Regions for early grade learners.
“This saw the airing of supplementary Radio Reading Lessons nationwide; conducted training, coaching, and mentoring for primary 1 through to primary 3 teachers and education personnel’s; and provided teaching and learning materials for pupils, caregivers, and teachers,” he said.
The Director of Education said through the programme, teachers used the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) validated materials in English and the official Ghanaian Languages of instruction to teach pupils to read.
Mr Deh said the USAID and its partners introduced the reading festival across 100 Districts in the 16 Regions of Ghana in May, 2022 as a complimentary measure and an anchor to trigger the interest of learners in reading from kindergarten 1 to basic 3.
Mr Anthony Dugbley, the District Training Officer said the programme would help enhance the reading abilities of the learners and also encouraged them to read eloquently and confidently, hence helping them to write examinations with ease.
Mr Dugbley said 30 out of the 48 contestants, who were tested in spelling bee in English and Ghanaian Language, word formation, pick and act, charade, among others would represent the Kadjebi District at the Regional Contest.
Nana Nteh, the Oti Regional Training Officer asked the teachers to prepare the learners well for the Regional Contest to be held at Kadjebi.Nana Nteh applauded the contestants for their brilliant performance.
Ms. Mawuena Asilevi, a contestant from Poase-Cement D/A Basic School told GNA that the contest had boosted her confidence level in public speaking and thanked the organisers.
At the end of the contest, Poase-Cement Circuit secured the first position with 62 and half points, followed by Kadjebi Circuit with 58 and half points, Ahamansu Circuit placed the third position with 58 points, Asato came forth with 52 and half points, Papase booked the fifth post with 48 points, while Dzindziso secured the sixth place with 27 and half points.
The participating Circuits were presented with story books, exercise books and pens.