5 contingents from Sokode MA to represent Ho municipal at regional reading festival

By: Evans Attah Akangla| ignewss| Ho

Selected pupils from Ho municipal

The Sokode Gbogame M. A Primary school has produced a higher number of contingents to represent Ho municipality at the regional reading festival which is expected to come off later next month.

In the recent competition, the Sokode Gbogame MA Primary school presented a total of six (6) contingents during the Ho municipal education reading festival organized by the Education Directorates with support from USAID learning in partnership with Ghana Education Service (GES) held at Ho Dome E. P. Basic school.

Out of  the six (6), five (5) have been selected to represent the municipality at the regional level which is scheduled to be held on August 5.

The Festival aimed at enhancing and encouraging reading habit among pupils at the early ages to ensure quality basic education.

Twenty three (23) out of seventy nine (69) public basic schools in the municipality have participated at the municipal level.

The twenty three schools, according to the organizers, presented Six (6) Contingents each for the municipal festival while best performing contingents were selected to represent Ho municipality at the regional level.

The headmistress of Sokode Gbogame MA Primary school Mad. Sallah told IGNEWSS that, the school is readily prepared and had done a lot of internal homework before the festival.

According to her, selecting majority of their students has not come as a surprise to them since they have what it takes to contest and even emerge victorious.

She pledged their availability and supports to the pupils at the regional competition to make the municipality clinch victory.

Contingents with colleagues and facilitators

“We were readily prepared. When you look at it, you will realized my students were very courageous and very inquisitive in the contest because, we have taken our time to prepare them internally by organizing contests for them with support from the PTA and SMC” Mad. Sallah explained.

Director of Ho municipal education directorate, Mr. Godwin Amelor, disclosed that the festival which has cut across the 270 districts in the country, is to boost the reading capacity of pupils from the basics level.

He noted that, they have realized technology seems to be negatively affecting effective and critical reading among school children since children resort to the use of technological devices in a manner which rather affect their reading abilities.

“Technology has made it that, critical reading which we have done then, is no more. Our children do not have excitement in reading instead they have time to be fidgeting with mobile phones more than reading their books”

He said the programme is to encourage school children in the basics schools from Kindergarten to basics three to develop the interest in reading.

H added that, with training from USAID Learning in partnership with GES for teachers and students on what they called “Transition to English”, this will help to inculcate the habit of reading among pupils in the local dialect (Eʋegbe) to improve their recognition and fluency in the English language.

Mr. Amelor noted that there has been a change in the academia since things thought at Training colleges then are been thought at Basic schools due to the dynamism in the educational systems.

The Municipal Director said he is looking forward to see the Reading programme transform the municipal educational structure in the near future.

He urged teachers to hold on to the learning programme to help bring about total transformation in the Education from the foundation.

The regional Reading Festival is expected to come off on the August 5, 2022 with selected contingents from the various municipal and districts assemblies in the region under the supervision by the district Education Directorates.

Source: www.ignewss.com | Ghana

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