The Member of Parliament of Asuogyaman Constituency, Honorable Thomas Ampem Nyarko, has launched a Reading Project at the Senchi Methodist Primary School on Monday, June 13, 2022.
The Project dubbed ‘Let’s Read Together’, is expected to improve the vocabulary of the learners and will take place at selected basic schools every Monday.
The project supervised by Headmistress Susana Debrah, was supported by the District Director of Education, Mrs Augustina Adwoa Owusu, Chief of Senchi, who doubles as the Nifihene of the Akwamu traditional Area, Nana Ofei Addo Agyeman and the Minister in charge of the Senchi Gethsemane Presby Church, Rev Elijah Foh Amaning.
A passage written by Adwoa Badoe, titled ‘Champion Runner’ which told a story of determined ‘Abizibay’, was read to the learners whiles they listened attentively. The District Director, the Chief of Senchi, the Rev Minister of Senchi and Hon Ampem Nyarko took turns to read the passage.
The District Director of Education, Mrs Augustina Adwoa Owusu touched on the essence of the project.
“The essence of this reading project is to help our pupils build up vocabulary bank, so that they will be able to express themselves and express it very well. Because questions of every subject are written in the English language and we want them to improve on their English language, so that they can be able to answer well, questions that will be set for them.”
Hon Thomas Ampem Nyarko, in revealing the plans for this project, reminded government of its responsibility to providing textbooks for the new curriculum.
“The next phase of this project is to get reading books for them and work together with the teachers to get periodic tests on those reading materials to make sure that they spend time to read. So, this is all about inculcating the habit of reading into these young ones, so as they grow, reading becomes part and parcel of their daily activities.”
“It is a shame, that after developing a new curriculum for so many years, teachers and students have not been given the textbooks that go with the curriculum. And it is a very serious setback in our educational system. We have been talking about it so many times and so I use this opportunity to remind government again of their responsibility, to make sure that, it is not enough to just change curriculum and make sure that your political history is entrenched in whatever curriculum we want the students to learn. it is important that the textbook with which these teaching and learning can be enhanced, are also provided. We always say education is everybody’s responsibility, but this is not a responsibility that any other person can perform, it is government and government must play its part.”
With support from ‘Heavens Relief’ a foundation based in the US, the event offered the opportunity for the MP to share with over 200 pupils, some educational materials, including School Bags, Notebooks, Crayons, Pencils, etc.
Hon Thomas Ampem Nyarko has over the years, initiated programs aimed at improving education in his constituency. Two months ago, the MP donated over 200 desks to Adjena and Anum SHS.
Some Constituency Executives of the National Democratic Congress, including the Deputy Women Organiser, Irene Sefakor Doh and Deputy Communications Officer, Comrade Felix Bonney were also present at the launch of the program.