USAID stresses reading impact on children

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USAID stresses reading impact on children

Mansa, January 30, 2015, ZANIS……….United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Education Advisor Teresiah Gathenya has underscored the impact that learning to read has on children.

Dr Gathenya said reading is an important aspect of learning to every child in their early education as it improves their performance and effectiveness at school.

ZANIS reports that Dr Gathenya said this when she handed over reading materials under the read to succeed project to the Ministry of Education Science Vocational Training and Early Education at Mabumba primary school in Mansa.

And Read to Succeed Advisor in charge of Education and leadership Guy Bostock said reading was the basis for everything in the world.

Mr. Bostock said the Read to Succeed Project which aims at improving educational achievements in early grades has targeted at all the 10 provinces in Zambia.

He said when the Read to Succeed Project came to Luapula province in 2012, a survey was carried out to see how many children could read and write between Grades one to five but the percentage was low which is not the case now.

He said for two years that Read to Succeed Project has been working in the province, there has been a great improvement in terms of reading among the young children in schools.
And speaking when he received the reading materials, Luapula province provincial education officer Smith Bweupe said government appreciates the gesture shown by USAID and its cooperating partners in supporting the Ministry of education science vocational training and early education.

Mr. Smith said the donation was in line with the call that the former Minister of Education John Phiri made last July that cooperating partners should come on board to supplement government efforts in the education sector.

USAID supports the Read to Succeed Project with the help of other cooperating partners in the province among them Finance Bank in Samfya, the Zambia National Commercial Bank and Puma filing station in Mansa.