Sierra Leoneans celebrate World Read Aloud Day


By Michael Bockarie

Thousands of Sierra Leoneans will today join millions around the globe to celebrate ‘World Read Aloud Day’, according to Girl Network Sierra Leone Deputy Director, Victoria Renner.

The event is slated to be celebrated by children at the Useful Hands Training Center in Wellington, Freetown; the Girl Child Network Resource Center at Circular Road, Freetown; and some Girl Child Network schools nationwide.

According to Mrs. Victoria Renner, ‘World Read Aloud Day is not only to advocate for literacy as a right that should be enjoyed by every person, it is also a day set aside to motivate children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another.

She said every year Girl Child Network Sierra Leone partners with Lit World to celebrate World Read Aloud Day in Sierra Leone, adding that more schools have joined the celebrations this year.

The deputy director of Girl Child Network Sierra Leone further said that at the Useful Hands Training Center at Wellington, councilor of Ward 353, S.A. Kargbo will serve as ‘Guest Reader for the ceremony’.

Mrs. Renner said activities at the ceremony will include reading of global literacy statistics, which is indicated at 793 million adults, of which two-thirds are women, adding that 127 million are youth, aged 15 to 24, according to UNESCO.
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She said short stories and poems will be read aloud by children to the audience, and that certifying participants would form the highlight of the ceremony.