Former President Rawlings Encourages Young Readers
Former President Rawlings with some of the children
Former President Jerry John Rawlings, as part of activities marking his 70th birthday, engaged over 600 children at Chorkor, a fishing community in the Ablekuma South Constituency in a reading exercise.
As soon as he arrived at the venue for Raising Readers, the children run to him and hugged him. The former president read with them and encouraged them to develop a reading habit.
Former President Rawlings said he considers reading key to building a knowledge-based society and told the story of his daughter, Dr Zenator Rawlings, a Member of Parliament (MP) for Klottey-Korley, who at the age of 10 learnt how to fly an aircraft.
He counselled the children to aim high and give life their best shot.
“You are the future of Ghana. We need you to take your studies seriously and grow up to be responsible citizens, who can manage and develop Ghana. Ghana needs you as responsible and committed doctors, engineers, teachers, politicians and the likes,” he said.
He encouraged parents at the event to take a keen interest in the welfare of their children.
He was full of praise for the volunteers at Raising Readers.
“It is very refreshing to see you all passionately taking this up to help children read and improve on their vocabulary. This will make it much easier for them to get through their school curricula,” he noted.
Raising Readers is an collaboration between Tigo’s Shelter for Education programme and Raising Readers Ghana.
Since it was launched in April 2017, they have spent every weekend reading with children in various communities in the Greater Accra Region.
It has garnered unprecedented support from high profile personalities, including former President John Agyekum Kufuor, diplomats, authors, celebrities and journalists.
The community reading sessions for the Ablekuma West Constituency would start on July 8, 2017.