Pencils of Promise in collaboration with World Vision has celebrated this year’s International Literacy Day under the theme: “Literacy and Multilingualism”.
The day was observed in Kadjebi in the Oti region to draw people’s attention to the importance of multilingualism towards literacy.
Speaking on behalf of the Country Director of Pencils of Promise at the event, Mr Fred Parku outlined the motive behind the celebration, which he said was to promote literacy and multilingualism worldwide.
He charged parents to ensure that their wards speak their mother tongue as well as other languages.
The Nkwanta cluster manager of World Vision Mrs Salomey Yeboah outlined the importance of being a multilingual. She disclosed that World Vision International, Ghana has invested close to ONE MILLION, US DOLLARS (US$1.0 million) in the past seven (7) years to support communities in the Kadjebi district with school infrastructure, training of teachers as well as provision of teaching, learning and recreational materials, water and sanitation facilities for schools.
The impact of these interventions include: Improved reading outcomes, improved water coverage for children, improvement in school enrolment, functional Parent Teacher Associations and School Management Committees among others.
She also emphasized that many of the children in this district are at risk of competing at the knowledge market, because averagely only 1.63% of primary two children in this district can read a grade level text. It is for this reason that Pencils of Promise and World Vision are using the occasion to emphasize the need for all stakeholders to join hands to say no to illiteracy.
Okyeame Aseidu Kwesi Akyea of Kadjebi traditional area was optimistic that if all subjects in schools are taught in the local languages, students would understand what they are being taught better.
He finally appealed to the government to consider fixing into our school curriculum the use of Ghanaian languages to enhance education in the country.
Present at the event were students of the various communities of the Oti region, chiefs and elders of the land, the Kadjeibi Educational Director ,a representative of the District Chief Executive, Pencils of Promise, World Vision and the folks of the community and it’s environ.