The Liberia Educational Action for Development (LEAD) in collaboration with LitWorld last Wednesday, March 4, celebrated the ‘World Read Aloud Day’ for the first time in the country’s school system.
LEAD is a local non-governmental organization that works in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to, among other things, train teachers at the “C” certificate level as well as working with schools in building the capacities of their teachers and students in various subjects.
LitWorld is also a non-profit organization creating permanent positive change in the world. Its implements innovative solutions to the hard-to-tackle challenge of illiteracy worldwide with the slogan: “The combined power of children’s own stories+access to diverse reading/writing experiences+peer to peer and adult mentor relationship=productive and transformational literacy.
Wednesday’s activities were observed for the first time in the country simultaneously by four schools in Montserrado and Margibi counties. The schools were Wilson Gipea Elementary and Junior High School, St. Philips Ecumenical High School, SDA Revelation Elementary in Monrovia, and the E.J. Yancy School in Kakata.
The program highlighted reading aloud to the audience key anti-Ebola messages, selected topics from the students own favored books as well as telling stories, and also reading poems aloud by pupils from the third to the six grades to their colleagues and teachers.
It also brought together scores of students from the elementary and junior high divisions of the selected schools, as well as instructors and administrators.
The program saw the pupils, most of them teens, and adults demonstrating their power of words by reading their favorite books aloud, telling stories, and interacting with each other and the world.
LEAD’s deputy executive director, Joseph Z. Quoi, who gave the overview said, the World Read Aloud Day is a global literacy movement that was initiated in 2010 to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people, irrespective of educational background.
According to him, the World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of words.
“This global literacy movement is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people irrespective of educational backgrounds,” Mr. Quoi emphasized.
According to him, World Read Aloud Day asks everyone to celebrate the day by grabbing a book, finding an audience, and reading at least a content or passage out aloud.
Read Aloud Day was dreamed about by Pam Allyn in 2007. Presently, Pam Allyn serves as the executive director of the organization.
The mission is to empower young people to author lives of independence, hope and joy.