The Founder of One Life Aid Foundation (OLAF), a Non-Governmental Organization, Joycelyn Siaw-Asamoah has urged students in deprived communities to cultivate reading culture in an effort to raise their knowledge level in line with knowledge suitable for people’s needs in the new millennium.

She made this remark in an interview when the Foundation organized another edition of their usual ‘2 To Read’ program in the Asikasu community of the Eastern Region.

According to her, ‘2 To Read’ is an initiative being executed by the Foundation every Saturday, where volunteers from the Foundation took two hours of their time to engage students in two hours reading session.

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Joycelyn Siaw-Asamoah said, the practice of reading should not be limited to reading materials in school textbooks, and even more broadly, through reading materials in the print and electronic sources.

According to her, by reading a lot of reading material especially scientific and general knowledge was very important in developing ideas and thinking, especially in making compositions as well as in public communication such as speech, debate, storytelling and others.

She indicated that, this could help students to excel academically, especially on the work of writing, thus encouraging reading that must be cultivated through a variety of activities in school.

The OLAF Founder also revealed that, as part of that activity, the Foundation have in stock books that volunteers use in the exercise and added that, the foundation had on several occasions organize similar activity in other areas.

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She has also underscored the need for parents to help inculcate good reading habits in their children to influence their academic performance, as she observed that, parents’ involvement in their wards’ academic performance contributes to an increase in their perceived level of cognitive competence.

She explained that reading and writing formed the essential basis for children to develop proper thinking methods, acquire the ability to understand and interpret basic concepts across the academic board and consequently culminate in an improved academic performance.

Students who took part of the exercise expressed satisfaction at the Foundation’s initiatives and indicated that, since the beginning of the ‘2 To Read’ initiative, they have benefited a lot hence their determination to support the Foundation by always making themselves available for the exercise for the sustenance of the program.

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 By Prosper Agbenyega