World Vision basic schools reading project volunteers receive bicycles

Kete Krachi- World Vision Ghana (WVG) in partnership with the World Bicycle Relief (WBR), an NGO, have presented 108 Buffalo bicycles to Community Volunteers (CVs) assisting in WVG’s reading enhancement programme in basic schools in Krachi East and West Districts at functions at Dambai and Kete Krachi in the Oti Region.

Dubbed “After-School-Reading-Camp” (ASRC) project, it involves grouping of pupils across communities into reading camps and assisted by teacher volunteers to improve on their reading outcomes daily after school hours and weekends.

Pupils in over 39 communities, grouped into 67 camps are benefiting under the pilot project to cover 6,000 pupils finally, prompted by a baseline reading contest in the Districts by WVG in 2017, which found pupils there registering less than one percent abysmal reading ability.

The presentation of the bikes will serve as incentive packages for the unpaid CVs, also marked official launch of the scheme.

Mr. Andrews Ofosu Dankyi, WVG Education Technical Programme Manager, at the ceremonies, lauded stakeholders of education for supporting the project, adding, the need to continue aiding pupils in deprived communities in literacy skills and knowledge for them to catch up with their colleagues in more enhanced areas, cannot be down-played.

Describing the ASRC as a success, he said one year after takeoff, the number of pupils that could read jumped from one per cent to six percent, as revealed by WVG’s follow up in 2018 project reassessment survey called, “Annual Monitoring Indicator on Child Well-being (AMIC).

Mr. Dankyi said WVG is continuing the project to bridge the yawning gap in reading skills and knowledge between pupils in deprived areas and their counterparts in more endowed areas following the initial success a year on.

He said WVG’s Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme (BEEP), among other things was aimed at supporting the Volunteers with the bikes for their monitoring and home visit support activities of the pupils to improve their overall learning outcomes.

The project, he noted is gradually increasing the scope of the pupils’ knowledge and skills in reading aside building up their general capacities and confidence towards life and studies as future leaders of the country.

Mr. Dankyi said investing in the future prospects and education of the pupils was the best thing for the deprived child, describing it as an investment that can guarantee the child’s quality education, equipping him or her with the skills and knowledge to turn around the socio-economic development of the area in the long term.

He commended the volunteers for their sacrifice and urged parents and guardians to motivate them to give off their best.

Mr. Douglas Ntim Osei, Krachi West District Chief Executive (DCE) and his Krachi East counterpart, Mr. Patrick Charti Jilima, lauded WVG and partners for the contribution to quality education and its development in the cluster.

They lauded World Vision for its infrastructural projects in the districts including CHPS Compounds, dormitory blocks and boreholes, and gave the assurance that the Assemblies would partner World Vision and partners to realise their goals for the area.

Mr. Sasu Brako, WVG Programme Officer (PO) for Education in the area, said aside the provision of school blocks in the two districts, more than 10,000 Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs) have been provided for several levels of basic school pupils and gave periodic training services for hundreds of Kindergarten to Basic Three teachers.

He said the Camp project also runs a Child Parliament concept to allow pupils discuss and sensitize themselves on various local, national and international topical issues and expressed the hope that the project would drastically improve reading abilities and skills of pupils in the areas.

The concept, which includes child play, interactive and activity strategies of learning, is also to give the young school child free space and freedom to grasp a lot of knowledge and skills within a short period.

A Bicycle Supervising Committee (BSC) was in place to monitor maintenance and appropriate use of the bikes by the volunteers.

Source: Ghana News Agency