United States-based non-governmental organization (NGO) Worldreader has provided support to pupils in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region by supplying reading and learning materials. The donated items, including novels, pencils, erasers, exercise books, and bags, aim to enhance students' reading and learning skills. The initiative is part of Worldreader's efforts to motivate young learners to develop a habit of reading and learning. The organization, in collaboration with the Keta Municipal Library, recently organized a three-month, 25-book reading competition in local basic schools to emphasize the importance of reading.
Madam Kezia Agbenyega, the Programmes Manager from Worldreader, emphasized the significance of prioritizing mother tongue languages (such as Ewe) in the reading materials. She mentioned that the NGO has been actively supporting students' reading since 2010 through initiatives like the Worldreader app.
Mr Kenneth Dodoo, Chairman of Keta Municipal Library, expressed appreciation for the donation and urged parents to collaborate with the program. He acknowledged Worldreader's ongoing support, including providing tablets with pre-installed books for students to use in the library.
Mr Dela Odamson, the librarian, highlighted the challenges faced by the library, including inadequate tables and chairs, an ICT center, a library van, and a modern library block. He called on individuals, philanthropists, institutions, parents, and the government to provide assistance to address these challenges and enhance educational programs in the region.