Reading in school

Excelling at reading in Ghana

16th October 2019 | Blog

In Ghana, only two percent of pupils in lower primary school can read at the expected level for their age*. One of the reasons for this is that children often do not have access to age-appropriate books.

A lack of resources in schools can often mean children’s only experience of reading is reading passages their teacher has written on the board.

Our partner AfriKids is using books you have helped to send to change this by setting up reading clubs in some of Ghanas most under-resourced primary schools.

Now, for the first time, pupils are discovering the joy of reading.

Class three teacher Lydia at Laboya Primary School in Zebilla tells us more about the difference that new books are making for the children in her school.

Without the books from Book Aid International, my school’s reading club would have existed merely in name and wouldn’t have been as active as it is now.

I am a class three teacher at Lamboya Primary School and I’m also the school’s reading club patron.

One of my aims as a teacher is to ensure my pupils develop reading habits but this couldn’t happen in the absence of books. We only had very few books in our school library.

Books arriving with AfriKids
Donated books arrive with AfriKids

But the arrival of books from Book Aid International has made it easy for me to enforce my desire.

The books came at a time when we had started our own reading club but having enough books was one of the major challenges. We were unable to carry out reading club activities for lack of books. Now we are able to carry out activities as well as even organise internal and external reading competitions.

Reading session
Pupils gather for Lamboya Model Primary School’s Reading Club

My children’s interest in reading is now heightened because of the availability of the books. Also, I have noticed that my children are more attentive in class and are confident in speech – especially those that read a lot.

Last term, there was a reading competition in our district and my school came first!

*Ghana Education Service

We’re proud to partner with fellow People’s Postcode Lottery-supported charity AfriKids and would like to thank players for their ongoing support of our work.

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