The Rotary Club of Accra in collaboration with GEDaid Foundation has donated 6,000 books to 15 basic schools in the LA Dadekotopon sub-metro as part of activities marking World Book Day.
The event, which was held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra was on the theme: Making Books Accessible To All Children; BOOK DONATION AND READING CLINIC.
World book day is an annual event which was celebrated for the first time on 23rd April 1995, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific And Cultural organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.
In a speech delivered by Ghana's Second Lady, Mrs. Samira Bawumia, she reiterated that every Ghanaian should join hands to promote reading across different disciplines.
"To everyone here, let's join hands to promote reading across different disciplines as a major priority; let us engage students in the extensive reading and help them become self-directed readers," she said.
She further indicated that parents should read to their wards to plant that habit of reading in them for the near future.
On his part, Executive Director of GEDaid Foundation, Mr. Emmanuel Asafo Adjei, said the main purpose of donating the books was to improve reading capability of the students at the basic level of education which will make it easy for them reach tertiary levels and even higher standards.
He lamented that his outfit has been constrained by printing costs which have affected the distribution of about 100 different books to support the children.
GEDaid Foundation is, therefore, calling on government and the general public to support them print the books to improve reading and learning in schools.