On Wednesday October 5th, at the Manso Nkran D.A Primary School, Asanko Gold and CODE’s country partner, the Ghana Book Trust, launched a new, six-year partnership which will extend CODE’s world class “Reading Ghana” literacy and education program to include the Ashanti Region of the country. It was a joyous morning with much community participation - beginning with an opening prayer by Reverand Ransford Arko of the Assemblies of God Church Manso Adubia.
“It will be a long, long time before my memories of the children dancing and singing, and the grand assembling of chiefs, fade” –Dr. Alison Preece, CODE volunteer expert.
Community Affairs Manager for Asanko Gold, Rammy Oboro, welcomed the guests which included the Amansie West District Director of Education, Canada’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Heather Cameron, community chiefs and leaders, teachers, students and CODE’s early-childhood education specialist Dr. Alison Preece - Associate Dean of Teacher Education, and a professor at the University of Victoria in Canada. In the weeks prior to the launch, Dr. Preece had led special workshops on child-centered teaching strategies - sharing her rich experience with teachers at ten pilot schools.
Dr. Preece had this to say about the workshops: “I leave Ghana feeling deeply impressed by the talent and commitment of the Reading Ghana trainers who are supporting the teachers and head teachers, and by the interest and skill of the teachers who participated so fully in the workshops. We need to make sure that the strategies they’ve learned are now applied successfully in their classrooms – but I leave very confident that they will be.”
In an earlier remark, Asanko Gold Ghana’s Chairman, Dr. Ben Adoo, said “We are very excited to be partnering with CODE, a recognized leader in literacy and education, on their “Reading Ghana” program, which will strengthen literacy and education services in the Ashanti Region, where our mine is located.” As a responsible miner, Asanko Gold is committed to sharing the benefits from the Asanko Gold Mine with all its stakeholders. We are implementing a series of long-term sustainable projects, called the “Asanko Opportunity Cycle” which will create a positive legacy beyond the life of the mine. CODE’s “Reading Ghana” forms a key component of the Asanko Opportunity Cycle and complements its other projects in the fields of healthcare, skills training and financial literacy.
Reading Ghana is a comprehensive literacy and readership initiative where CODE works through its locally based partner, the Ghana Book Trust, to deliver a multi-faceted program. The initiative works to train educators to become more effective in teaching reading and writing, to resource schools and libraries with desperately needed books that aim to nurture a love of reading, to monitor and assess the results of its programming and to train trainers to build sustainability in the program for the future.