The early reading programme of Ghana shall be at its peak performance from this year following inputs from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES).
The USAID issued a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday on its plans with MoE and GES to promote the GES’s Early Grade Reading Programme to 6,866 schools.
The objective of the programme aims at enhancing the teaching and learning materials of the targeted schools, and also to equip and train members of the teaching departments on the systematic phonics-based method to teach the children on how to read in the eleven GES-approved Ghanaian languages.
“Circuit supervisors will be trained to monitor and support schools’ implementation of the Early Grade Reading Programme, and districts will be encouraged to develop District Reading Action Plans to promote reading in schools and homes,” as indicated in the statement.
Another objective is to solve the reading difficulties faced with the children from the very beginning to a certain point in the primary stage to help them gain fluency in speech.
Therefore the educational director of the region has given her word that the regional educational directorate will put all efforts to see to the establishment of the programme.
“We feel that we are part of it and we will commit to ensure its sustainability,” she said.