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CIMG1699REPORT ON MY BOOK BUDDY PROJECT

Introduction

In February this year, three couples from the My Book Buddy Project visited Kumasi and introduced the project in three basic schools namely; King Faisal Islamic Primary School, Ayigya MA Primary Schools (A & B) and Parkoso R/C Primary School.  The purpose of the My Book Buddy project is to encourage school children in primary schools to cultivate the habit of reading more books.

The visit to Kumasi, Ghana was facilitated by Samenwerk Foundation in the Netherlands and CAGA its partner organization in Kumasi, Ghana. In each of the selected schools, a variety of reading books with a cupboard for storage were given to each class. Also, all the school children in the selected primary schools were given bags in which they are to put their books and take them home.

Utilization

The three schools have selected their My Book Buddy days which are as follows:

  • King Faisal School: Wednesday afternoon between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.
  • Ayigya School: morning stream; between 11.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon; and afternoon stream 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Parkoso School:  Friday 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m.

On the My Book Buddy day and period in each school, the Book Buddy flag is raised and the respective class teachers allocate or exchange books for the school children. It is during this period that school children return and borrow books for reading.  The borrowing and returning of books takes about 30 minutes in all the schools and the remaining 30 minutes are used differently in each school.  At King Faisal, each class teacher assists the children to share what has been read with their mates; and this precedes the returning and borrowing or exchanging of books.  For the other two schools, the remaining 30 minutes are used for individual reading in class (See the attached pictures).  So far every child in each has read at least two books, is gradually becoming interested to read more.

 

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Challenges

So far there are two key challenges that need to be addressed. One is the un-conducive home environment for reading. As a result most children, especially those at Ayigya and Parkoso, do not read their books at home. This explains why in both schools, the class teachers have resorted to using scheduled reading time in school.  But this cannot be adequate, and so the head teachers of both schools intend to sensitize parents at the next PTA meeting. The other challenge is the inadequate reading books.  Again, it is hope that the school management and the PTA will take this up to mobilize local resources to purchase more books.

Conclusion

Generally, the My Book Buddy project is a laudable one as it will enable the school children to improve their academic performance.  Hopefully, with the help of the PTA, the identified problems can be addressed. Therefore, on behalf of all stakeholders, we wish to thank the My Book Buddy project for giving us the opportunity to be part of the project.  On our part, we will continue with our commitment to keep following up the usage of the books in the schools to ensure that they are put into good use. We believe that the impact of the project will be of immeasurable positive impact to the children.

Thank you.

 

Francis Cornah (co-ordinator CAGA)

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