Parents Urged To Encourage Their Children To Read Rather Than Excessivelu Use Mobile Phones

One of the biggest challenges facing parents today is how and how much to reduce the amount of time their children spent on electronic devices.

Too much time spent on smart devices, and the internet is causing a problem in several areas of children’s development thus, parents and guardians have been urged to monitor and prevent their children from the excessive use of mobile phones and rather encourage them to develop the habit of reading.

Bono East and Ahafo Regional Librarian, Mr Ofosu Frimpong, when speaking at the Regional Reading Festival for Junior High School (JHSs) at Sunyani to select a winner to represent the region in a national competition in Accra gave this advice to parents.

The event, which was organized by the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) on the theme “Reading for Progress” aims at promoting library activities and to help regional winners of their competitions to prepare adequately to represent at the national level.

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Delany Academy JHS, Dormaa-Ahenkro, Saint James JHS, Sunyani, Seventh Day Adventist JHS, Goaso, African Faith JHS, Duayaw-Nkwanta and Saint Francis JHS, Techiman competed for the ultimate prize.

Mr Frimpong encouraged parents to provide the necessary studying equipment’s for their wards and to help them create a conducive learning environment for them at home. He stated that with the support of Newmont Goldcorp, Ahafo Mine, the children library in Sunyani would be given a facelift very soon to make the place more attractive to children.

The immediate retired Regional Librarian, Mr Fredrick Noble Baadaa, also suggested why there is a need for the government to implement policies that will help encourage the habit of learning n schools to improve vocabularies of the children and the general public.

He also encouraged the children to be disciplined and that self-discipline is an essential factor for them to acquire the habit of reading and that they should not devote excess of their time on mobile phones and the internet to be able to reach higher heights in life.

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During the prize-giving time, Delany Academy was first, followed by Saint James, St. Francis, Seventh Day Adventist and African Faith JHSs respectively.

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