Six schools in the Shama District in the Western Region are to benefit from a one-year free subscription of the Junior Graphic through the sponsorship of an individual, Ms Eunice Yaa Boatemaa Ntim, the Head of the Harbour Branch of Zenith Bank.
The sponsorship is Ms Ntim’s contribution to the effort at inculcating the reading habit in pupils of the schools, namely, the Nkwantakesedo Primary, Inchaban Catholic Primary, Aboteriye Ahamadiya Primary, Beposo Borkokope Catholic Primary, Bosomdo Primary and Abuasi Methodist Primary.
Reading the newspaper will form an integral part of the school reading clinic initiated by the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Enoch Kojo Appiah, to help the children form the habit of reading.
At a ceremony in Takoradi at which the first subscription copies were handed over to the schools, Ms Ntim said children represented the hope of the country and, therefore, it was important for them to be supported to guarantee their future development.
“Going through the contents of the Junior Graphic, I realised that it would serve as good material and one of the learning tools for deprived schools,” Ms Ntim said.
She expressed the hope that the support would go a long way to enhance the reading habit in the children.
“I hope the institution of the reading clinic will enhance their understanding of various areas covered in the paper,” she added.
She was optimistic that the examination questions and the pieces of advice published in the paper would also be beneficial to the pupils.
Ms Ntim commended the Junior Graphic for developing content that purely dealt with the needs of children, such as providing solutions to examination questions, offering pieces of advice and offering opportunity for networking.
Mr Appiah also presented dictionaries to the six schools to help the pupils in reading and understanding of English.
He said one of the biggest challenges in the district was the falling standard of education in the past few years, but he noted that through interventions such as the reading clinic, there had been a significant improvement.
He said the assembly was seeking sponsorship for a mock examination for the final-year junior high school students in the district to help them answer examination questions properly.
Mrs Memunatu Mahama, the Zonal Manager of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), urged the children to pay serious attention to the content of the paper.
She commended Ms Ntim and the assembly for the initiative and said the GCGL was ready to partner corporate bodies to reach out to more schools.
The GCGL donated 50 more copies to the weekly subscription to the beneficiary schools.
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