A non-governmental organization, Mother of All Nations Foundation, has officially launched its annual reading project dubbed “ReadCamp” 2019 in Accra last Wednesday.
The Read Camp is a literacy project targeted to improve the reading and creative writing skills while instilling strong self-confidence as they ignite the love of reading among the young ones in the communities.
This year’s Project will be held in three (3) centres basically Madina, Pantang Village and Danfa is scheduled to begin from July 30th to 21st August 2019.
The Project themed “Igniting Change, Inspiring Confidence” is expected to bring together about 1,500 pupils within the Municipality and its environs with 200 volunteers.
Speaking on the project, the Chief Executive Director of Mother of All Nations Foundation, Mr. Ishaq Zico Abubakar Newton said Read Camp has successes chalked over the years, challenges and the promise it holds in shaping the next generation of young people.
“I appeal to the general public and corporate bodies to support the initiative financially to give it the needed boost,” he said.
This year’s edition is the fourth year in a row and it marked a departure from the previous editions which had only one centre.
The Project launched by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of VALUE Advertising, Mr. Richard Dah was attended by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE),`Hon. Jennifer Dede Afagbedzi, Chief of Danfa, Nii Afutu Brempong IV, Human Rights Lawyer, Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu.
Others present were the aspiring National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary candidate for Madina Constituency; Mr. Adams Yunus, Director of the Department of Social Welfare, Madam Millicent Nyarko, Deputy Director of Baraka Policy Institute, some selected Senior and Junior High Schools and some residents of La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMA)
In a speech, Lawyer Sosu urged the students to take reading with all seriousness since he believes it is the only key to greater heights.
According to him, it is only through reading that one can develop his or her potentials and fulfil one’s desires, adding that, it could only be manifested through reading.
Sharing his personal experience, he urged the students not to see reading as a chore, “reading widely opens many doors of opportunities, it also fosters religious and ethnic tolerance.”
Hon. Afagbedzi reiterated that, students should take their education seriously and see reading as a key element if they want to be successful in life.
Madam Nyarko, stressed on the impact of reading in community development, calling on community leaders to welcome initiatives like the ReadCamp which has the potential of improving on the reading standards of the youth in communities which will help reduce economic crisis, insecurity among many others in the future.
Highlighting on the need for the youth to take reading seriously, Mr. Yunus, called for “Youth Centered Education” where he said the opinions of students should not be relegated to the background but rather play an important role in the decision-making processes.
“This makes the youth a part of decision making with regards to their educational life,” he noted.
Also, some selected Senior and Junior High Schools as well as some various stakeholders whom articulated their thoughts on the importance of reading by the youth especially those in the Lower and Upper Primary Levels.