This year, 1,500 children are expected to be trained in ReadCamp, the project which seeks to enhance reading and writing skills of young pupils in lower primary to Junior High School (JHS) in deprived communities.
The project which was initiated by Mother of All Nations Foundation (MOANF), a non- governmental organisation (NGO) committed humanitarian activities is expected to train pupils in three different communities namely; Pantang Village, Danfa and Madina.
Speaking to Change Agent Media, Director of MOANF, Mr. Zico Abubakar Ishaq Newton noted that, they are aiming to train 500 children in each community simultaneously in both primary and JHS with support from 200 tertiary students volunteering as mentors while on long vacation.
“We believe that when young people can read, they will read whatever they find and this exposes them to unlimited information. This would enable them make choices that would improve their lives, and that of those around them and their communities,”- he said.
This, he noted, is a way in contributing government effort in achieving some sustainable development goals especially in the promotion of quality education.
This initiative that seeks to improve the reading and writing skills of young people with the aim of exposing them to unlimited information to aid them in making informed decisions in their lives and also ameliorate their academic performance has trained about 1,500 pupils over the years since its commencement.
Sharing testimonies from last year, Mr. Newton mentioned that, “one of our team leaders tutored a JHS two (2) girl called Habiba who had completely lost all hopes because, her parents, teachers and close relations made her aware that a JHS child who cannot read, can never read again. Yet, after taken her through the Readcamp process for three weeks, she wrote a story about an abuse she suffered years back with no mistake and aspired to become a journalist in future.”
According to him, children within deprived communities face similar problems and need just someone to whisper to them how powerful they are and can be, adding that, this would be the turning point in their lives.
Touching on how best they would want to raise great and visionary leaders, the Director pointed out that, the project uses carefully tailored methods of teaching to help its beneficiaries with the support of volunteers who serve as mentors.
Adding that, this would help in igniting the thinking abilities of these young individuals to make them believe they are unique, powerful and could achieve whatever they set their minds on.
“The mentors themselves go through a rigorous training so they can have the requisite skills to help nurture the reading abilities of these children,” – Mr. Newton pointed out.
Giving details of the project this year, the Director of the Foundation indicated that, the launch of the project is on the 19th of June whiles the project takes place on 30th July to 21st August.
To support the project, he appealed to benevolent individuals and organisations to come to their aid in running a successful project as an effort to promoting quality education in the country.
He leveraged this opportunity to express his earnest gratitude to past sponsors and partners for their terrific assistance in bringing the project this far.
About Read Camp
The Read Camp Literacy Project developed is to instill in children, a strong self-confidence, improved understanding of concrete and abstract ideas, learning vocabulary and concepts that will shape and transform their persona and attitude towards reading and education as a whole.
The Read camp project since its inception in 2015, has contributed immensely to basic education by inculcating a relatively permanent reading and writing skills in over 950 young people with the help of over One Hundred and fifty (150) volunteers (Mentors) within the Madina- Zongo Community of the La Nkwantanang / Madina Municipal in the Greater Accra Region.
Editor: Mr Kwabena Asare Baffour