At least fifty thousand kids would learn how to read properly by October 2017 because of an audacious citizenship effort by an organization called the HOPE Campaign. The children drawn from all over the country are engaged in a program called “HOPE Reads” funded by members of the HOPE Campaign. In fact, the first day of the bi-monthly campaign was observed on 8th April 2017 in 30 communities around the country. These communities included Adenta, Ogbojo,m, Oyarifa, Nima and Dansoman in Accra. Other beneficiary communities were Cape Coast, Sogakope, Twifo Atti Mokwa, Jomoro, Larteh and other areas.
Jones de Graft Darkwa, the program’s coordinator for the Hope Campaign says they are driven by a do-good passion for Ghanaians. “When we heard President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo in his inaugural address asking Ghanaians to be citizens and not spectators, we in the HOPE Campaign asked ourselves what we could do to help our beautiful country. We came across some damning statistics that reading in primary schools was at its lowest ebb. So we decided to do something about it and set ourselves an ambitious target of helping 50,000 children to be able to read by October 2017. We hatched this plan for three months and finally, we rolled out on 8th and 9th April”.
But it has been especially challenging.
“We have no funding sources except a certain unit of the HOPE Campaign called the HOPE Champs. The Champs contributed money voluntarily to make this happen. We came up with costing for the project including refreshments for the children after the exercise. We volunteer our time and we use only African titles for the project. So our Champs took it up and donated willingly to help see us through. At the first reading, we recorded 1500 kids. The second reading day is happening on April 22nd and 23rd and we are targeting five thousand children this time” said Jones.
A total of 35 communities is expected to participate in the next reading program.
The Next Reading
The next reading, which will be its second is set to happen on 22nd and 23rd of April 2017. To be a part of this initiative, send a message to the HOPE Campaign via the facebook page @the HOPE campaign.
You can also reach the HOPE Campaign via the WhatsApp number 0505556481.
About the HOPE Campaign
The HOPE campaign is a pro-government organization which seeks to provide practical community-based solutions which complement the government’s efforts to solve nationwide societal problems. The HOPE in HOPE Campaign is an acronym for Honesty, Opportunity, Prosperity and Education.
WRITER- Kojo Frimpong.
IMAGES- HOPE Campaign.