By: Evans Attah Akangla| ignewss| Abutia
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus in Parliament has encouraged teachers, parents, and pupils to consider reading as the cornerstone of intellectual development in the country.
In a speech read on behalf of Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, to commemorate this year’s World Read Aloud Day National Symposium at Abutia Agorve in the Ho West Constituency, the caucus reaffirmed their commitment to the timeless practice of sharing stories, igniting imaginations, and fostering connections through the spoken word.
The theme for the celebration was “Read Aloud; Change the World.”
Hon. Julius Ericson Goka who read on behalf of Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah noted that in a world inundated with digital distractions and fleeting moments, the act of reading aloud serves as a beacon of human connection.
It bridges gaps, transcends barriers, and unites hearts across continents and cultures.
The speech further indicated and assured that the significance of reading aloud extends far beyond mere entertainment.
It serves as a catalyst for learning, a cornerstone of education, and a pathway to empathy and understanding.
It also has the potential to resonate deeply within an individual, leaving an indelible mark on their souls.
Encouraging the world to read, they charged the public to engage in the shared experience of reading aloud, immersing themselves in the world’s familiar and unknowns, broadening perspectives, and enriching their lives with newfound knowledge and empathy.
Reading aloud, they emphasized, is a testament to the power of human connection, fostering bonds between parents and children, teachers and students, friends and strangers alike, further binding together the global community.
The General Manager of EPCG schools and Director of Education, Marian J. A. Adzroe (Mrs.), encouraged the pupils not to feel offended when friends laugh at them when they read or speak English but rather to take delight in it to improve their skills through corrections.
She applauded the efforts of Literacy Ambassadors Ghana (LAG) and its partners, Hope Academy Fund, for their continuous contribution to the advocacy in creating total awareness of the importance of reading.
The Director recalled and shared with the participants that even before Western education reached our grandparents, they had been practicing reading aloud through storytelling.
This practice broadened perspectives, shaped vocabulary, and taught valuable lessons about themselves and the world.