Tigo Digital Change-maker winner spreads reading camps


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Children in rural communities in the Greater Accra Region continue to benefit from reading camps, organised by the 2014 co-winner of Tigo Ghana Digital Change-maker competition, Sheila Osei-Boakye.

Accra , Aug. 18, GNA – Children in rural
communities in the Greater Accra Region continue to benefit from reading camps,
organised by the 2014 co-winner of Tigo Ghana Digital Change-maker competition,
Sheila Osei-Boakye.

Last week, Sheila’s organisation ‘Literacy 4
Life’ took more than 350 children in the Mobole community near Afienya through
basic reading lessons at a two-day reading camp.

In collaboration with the Tema Lions Club,
they also organised eye screening for 200 of the participants out of which 85
children were diagnosed with chronic visual impairment.

The students were put in groups according to
capabilities after, which they were taken through phonetics, phonemic,
phonological awareness, pronunciation of words and word formation.

At the end of the day- two programme,
Literacy 4 Life noted that more than 85 percent of the children present could
not read due to factors such as visual impairment, hearing impairment,
intellectual and speech impairment and this was largely contributing to their
poor performance in school.

Others could not read due to a poor
foundation in literacy.

Before its maiden edition in August 2015,
the Literacy 4 Life project planned to reach 2,000 children in Afienya,
Apollonia, Ashaiman Otchebleku and Mobole; all rural communities in the Region
by August.

It succeeded in visiting all five
communities and exceeded its target by reaching a total of 2, 692 children.

Sheila explained that the reading camps are
organised to complement teachers’ efforts by helping to train the children to
become proficient readers and writers.

She said her organisation seeks to promote
access to quality basic education for children; build capacity and skills
training for youth and women, and promote healthy living through medical
outreach and education in sexual reproductive health.

The next stop for the Literacy 4 Life
reading camp is the Volta Region.

GNA


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