Thursday, February 25, 2010
According to the supermorning show on Joy FM, Ghanaian kids aren't reading anymore. They can't be bothered.
This is quite a tragedy. I have the fondest memories of primary school (University Primary School, Legon) because of the books we read, and swapped, the library books we lost and had to replace and the friends I made because of our common interest in reading. It is one of those loves that never died. So from personal experience, I know that children who love to read continue into adulthood. At UPS, it was pure positive madness!
We even had a reading list that every kid wanted to complete. The higher you got, the smarter you felt. Some of my friends still brag today about reading everything Enid Blyton ever wrote.
Anyway, Joyfm has launched the read 100 project to encourage Ghanaian kids to read books by inviting them to read on radio. Reading about it got me excited and I thought...how cool would it be to find out what books Ghanaians absolutely loved when they were in primary school. Just for fun:) Were the kids at Morning Star reading the same books as those of us at UPS? And Soul Clinic, and Ridge Church? GIS? SOS? Tema Parents? Alsyd? Association International? North Ridge Lycium? St. Bernadette? Bishop Bowers? Christ the King?
We'll know by end of today.
So add your voice.
Who knows? If we find the same books popping up over and over again, we could recommend them to the Read 100 project.
School: UPS, Legon ....graduated '97
Fave Authors: Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton
Fave Books: The BFG (big friendly giant) and The wishing chair series.
That was then.
Today, my favorite books are Anna Karenina (Tolstoy), Freakonomics (Levitt) and everything Malcom Gladwell.
What about you?