As part of its contribution to improving and also inculcating a reading habit in children in its host communities, the Ghana National Gas Company has announced the project, ‘Turn a Page’.
Announcing the project, Head of Corporate Communications for Ghana Gas Ernest Owusu Bempah indicated that the ‘Turn a Page’ project will target over 30,000 pupils in basic public schools who are aged between 6 and 15 in the Ellembelle District.
‘Turn A Page’ became necessary following a research conducted by Ghana Education Service (GES) in 2012, suggesting that only 2 percent of children in Primary 2 can read proficiently while 50 percent of the pupils interviewed could not pronounce a single English or Ghanaian word correctly.
The project, therefore, aims to “get more children at the basic schools reading and in doing so, become aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 4″.
“As a company we are worried that most of the school-going children especially at the basic level are unable to read well, spell words correctly, but we want to see a literate community that can fill up more influential positions at Ghana Gas and other places in the future,” he stressed.
Before ‘Turn a page’, the company has undertaken several educational projects including the construction of a 4-unit teachers’ quarters at Anokye, Asemnda Suazo, an ultra-modern nursery facility in Asemnda Suazo, donation of educational materials to the Nzulezu Primary School by the Corporate Communication Department among others.
Mr Owusu Bempah disclosed that Ghana Gas is implementing social investment project across all the 16 regions in Ghana, the majority of the projects focusing on improvement in basic education and also aimed at complementing the key objectives of ‘Turn a Page’.
“At the end of the project, we intend to provide 15,000 reading materials school children, 95% improvement in reading, comprehension, vocabulary and writing, 50% improvement in the performance of BECE in the long term and provide training for 50 teachers on how to implement effective literacy in the selected schools.”
By Eric Yaw Adei|3news.com|Ghana