By: Evans Attah Akangla| ignewss| Abutia
About 51 schools across the country has participated in this year’s edition of World Read Aloud Day with the theme: “Read Aloud; Change the World.”
The national symposium, held at Abutia Agorve in the Ho West District of the Volta region, brought together pupils from schools in Abutia Agorve, Teti, and Kloe to observe the day.
Activities such as reading stories and pick-and-act sessions took place at the event, supported by Literacy Ambassadors Ghana (LAG) in partnership with Sanitation and Literacy Ghana, Hope Academy Fund, and Ho District GNAT.
The Chief Executive Officer of Literacy Ambassadors Ghana, Mr. Mathias Tulasi, encouraged parents and guardians to take the day as an opportunity to support their children in reading in their own small ways.
He also urged pregnant women to read to unborn babies, as it is believed that the fetus can receive communications in the womb, making reading a part of the child when born.
The Ho District GNAT Director, Madam Lois Tipong Asare, in her speech on integrating read-aloud into the classroom, urged teachers to prioritize Read Aloud as a powerful way of building readers.
“Read-alouds are a powerful way to build a reading community and a love for reading. With a little planning and creativity, teachers can make read-aloud a priority in their classrooms,” she emphasized, encouraging teachers to incorporate read-aloud time into their plans and classroom schedules.
The World Read Aloud Day, an event first introduced in 2010, has since been observed on February 7 each year.
It aims to advocate for and create awareness of the importance of reading as a fundamental human right, with an initiative to promote and instil reading skills globally, ultimately reducing the global illiteracy rate.
World Read Aloud Day brings people worldwide together to share stories and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right for all individuals.
It motivates children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of stories and words.