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FBC lecturer says pupils shelve reading for film

July 10, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie  


PEN Sierra Leone, a non-profit making organisation over the weekend engaged pupils and teachers on the need to enhance learning through reading.

The meeting at the Catholic Training and Resource Centre, Kingtom in Freetown, brought together some one hundred participants, who had the opportunity to share experiences on reading.

Delivering a presentation on the topic: “Reading: The path to quality education”, senior Lecture at the Extra Moral Studies Department, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Gloria Palmer, urged participants to imbibe the culture of reading, describing it as essential because it improves their knowledge on various subject areas.

She observed that some pupils have shelved the habit of reading and engaged in watching movies, stressing that the culture of reading should not be neglected.

“Reading is fundamental to functioning in today’s society. It is the basic to quality education. Teaching young children to read helps them to develop their language skills,” she said, while stressing the importance of mastering reading at an early age.

According to her, much of the knowledge attained in school comes through reading and added that pre-reading skills are thought at the commencement stage of reading.

She maintained that reading is fundamental to developing good self-image and that poor readers always have low self-opinion on their ability.

“Reading is a tool of communication. It is a solid foundation for communication and it also boosts imagination and creativity,” she noted.

Madam Palmer, who is also the National Chairperson of the Sierra Leone Association of Teachers of English, called for reading to be given the attention it deserves.

Earlier, President of PEN Sierra Leone, Mohamed Sheriff, said their intervention was aimed at reviving the culture of reading among pupils and students, adding, “WE want to make reading an integral part of the educational system.”

He stated that the organisation is a chapter of PEN International, a world association of writers with over 144 centres in 104 countries.

He said over the years, PEN has been undertaking programme activities in fulfillment of their mission -to promote social change through engagement with critical reading and writing, as well as create  an environment where there is freedom of expression and exchange of ideas for all sections of society.

Mr. Sheriff disclosed that in 2010, they signed an agreement to be the key partner of the Canadian Organisation for Development through Education (CODE) in a project titled: “Books/Reading Sierra Leone”.

According to him, the said project involved the running of series of workshops to train writers and illustrators for the production of children’s books.


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