Monday, March 2, 2015

Cynthia Lumor presenting the trophy to the Kanda Reading Club
MTN Ghana Foundation has rewarded the Kanda Reading Club for emerging as winners of this year’s edition of the MTN/Joy Reading Club competition. 

The event, which is a joint venture between MTN Ghana Foundation and Joy FM, is an initiative established to provide interventions that encourage children between the ages of 8 and 14 to read and enjoy the art of reading. 

The grand finale of the MTN/Joy Reading club competition took place at the MTN head office on Friday, with eight finalists from Ablekuma, Burma Camp, Osu and Kanda Reading Clubs in Accra. 

The contestants were judged based on their reading skills, punctuation, diction, pronunciations and their ability to spell words from the storybooks assigned to them. 

According to the Cynthia Lumor, Executive Director of the MTN Foundation, the main objective of the MTN/Joy Reading Club project is to make reading both an educational activity and enjoyable social undertaking.

“Research shows a direct link between literacy, economic growth and improved health. I would therefore like to take the opportunity to encourage all who are present here to make reading a habit beyond this ceremony. The MTN Joy Reading Club is not for short-term purposes. Our ultimate hope is that participants will acquire the habit of reading for life,” Mrs. Lumor stated.

She urged the children to inculcate the habit of reading to enhance their academic performance and public speaking skills, among others. 

“MTN Ghana Foundation will continue to invest in projects that touch the lives, hearts and minds of millions of people around Ghana,” said.

Barbara Amoako from the Kanda Reading Club came first in the seniors’ contest, with Nancy Dadzoe from Burma Camp placing second. Naima Majeed from Kanda placed first in the junior contest with Andy Osei from Ablekuma placing second. 

The winners who received cash prizes, will spend time at Beige Village and embark on an educational trip to Bunso Arboretum Forest Reserve in the Eastern region. 


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