Staff and volunteers of USAID Innovating, on Friday, interacted with some traders at Accra’s Central Business District.
The outreach programme, which focused on discussing ways of improving home-based reading, formed part of Innovating’s celebration of this year’s International Literacy Day, which fell on September 8.
This year’s celebration, themed “Literacy in a digital world”, presented an opportunity for the Innovating team to explore possible literacy skills required to succeed in an ever increasing digital era.
The interaction with traders identified and explored ways through which parents and caregivers could help their children to read, especially at home to promote a culture of home-based reading.
Parents and caregivers, who form a greater percentage of the market’s trading population, were taken through simple steps that promote home-based reading.
Simple steps as the creation of a conducive environment, provision of good lighting for reading, and asking children to tell you about things they see around, promote good reading habits.
Innovating, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Education Development Center (EDC), aims to engage Ghanaian parents, caregivers, civil society, the private sector, and the Government of Ghana to take action to support early-grade Ghanaian children as they learn to read.
The intervention will undertake nationwide media campaigns to emphasize the value of reading, and share approaches that all families can use to help improve reading achievement, even if parents cannot read themselves. Alongside community-based organizations and volunteers, the activity will also work to build a strong network of early-grade reading champions and grow public-private partnerships to support home and community-based reading.
As part of efforts to promote a culture of reading, Innovating will also award 800 grants to communities and civil society organizations to support early-grade reading activities outside of the classroom in five focused regions: Western, Greater Accra, Volta, Ashanti and Northern. Additionally, the activity will help interested communities develop effective community action plans to guide community-level approaches to support reading.