Source: | Richard Fiebor, Ghana

Two influential Ghanaian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Precious Inspire and Joyful Way Incorporated, on September 21, would jointly be organizing a mega follow-up on a reading  project they initiated in the Aboasa Community of the Ga South Municipality in the Greater Accra Region.

The reading project, christened Reading Clinic, was taken to Aboasa in April,2019 after the only school in the community, Aboassa MA Basic School, was adopted by Joyful Way Incorporated (JWI).

Since then going there has become a periodic phenomenon for volunteers from university campuses, churches and other social groups especially from corporate organizations in the Greater Accra Region.

Reading Clinic was instituted by Precious Inspire (PI) in 2013 with a passion to inculcate the habit of reading in children across the country by providing them with inspiring book collections and engaging them in literacy programs.

On September 21, National Volunteers’ day (instituted by Ghana Think) the Aboasa Community and its school, Aboasa MA Basic School, would again be in anticipation for the seventh follow-up event since its adoption.

Volunteers across the country are being invited to partake in the community service to inspire hope and help improve the word recognition, comprehension and writing skills of the children living in that community. The looming event promises to be innovative and fun-packed as various activities would run alongside the reading to make it remarkable and memorable.  

Speaking to, founder of Precious Inspire, Mad. Precious Akplome intimated that “the Reading Clinic is always a life time experience for any child who participates in any of our programs. This is because though it is mainly a Reading Clinic, the fun packed activities that we run alongside the reading makes the day a very memorable and a wonderful experience for him or her which directly and positively impact their academic performance.”

She noted that “Precious Inspire has organized reading clinics in 7 communities which involved about 35 basic schools across Ghana. Remarkable progress were marked in these communities. A community like Aveyime out of realizing the impact of the Reading Clinic, in collaboration with Rural Progress  (an NGO) and the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu constituency, Hon. Okudjeto Ablakwa, instituted a radio reading competition among the schools within the constituency which started from November 2018 and ended in July,19.

Meanwhile, the Mangoase community in the Akwapim North district of the Eastern Region has allocated a building which is to be used in building a library in order to sustain the reading clinic and also realize the full impact of inculcating the culture of reading among the children.”

Joyful Way Incorporated (JWI) is a Ghanaian based inter-denominational Christian group which is committed to winning souls for Christ through music.

The group adopted the Aboasa M.A Basic School after one of its musical evangelistic concerts in the community. The group observed that the entire community had only one school which starts from kindergarten to Junior High School (JHS) Form 2. That means that after the pupils reach Form 2, they either drop out of school or continue their education in another community. Besides, the school lacks basic amenities and books which make teaching and learning difficult. Hence the adoption of the school by JWI.

JWI had since organized Reading Clinics in collaboration with Precious Inspire, student and corporate volunteers as well as benevolent individuals in Ghana who buy books, stationeries and other teaching learning materials to support the education of the children living in the community.   

P.I and JWI are massively present on Social Media Facebook and Twitter. Follow them and be part of the big impart train on International Volunteers Day, September 21. Readers are leaders, you may be helping the next national leader from Aboasa.

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