By: Raphael Apetorgbor- Daily Express
The National Union of Ghana Student (NUGS) has launched a project dubbed ‘Donate a Book Project’.
The aim of the project is to donate exercise books and educational materials to the underprivileged in the society.
Speaking to the Daily Express in Accra on the sideline of the launch, President of NUGS, Mr. Luqman Abubakar said research conducted in over 60 basic schools in the country specifically Ashanti region, the three northern regions and the greater Accra region showed that an average of two thirds of students use one exercise book to serve as class exercise book and assignment (homework) book for at least two subjects and at most four subjects.
This, he said has contributed largely to the poor standard of grades recorded at the basic level resulting from poor referencing and revision by students because their books gets spoilt over a short period of time.
Mr. Abubakar disclosed that the major cause of this canker is as a result of poverty, high cost of living and negligence on both parents and teachers.
He was of the conviction that a donation of five (5) exercise books per student will complement what their parents’ give hence reducing the overdependence on one exercise book.
Mr. Abubakar said the union will donate over one million exercise books and educational materials to over two hundred thousand Ghanaian students in deprived areas to benefit with each student getting five (5) exercise books across the country.
“We believe that every child in Ghana must have the opportunity to learn and cultivate a reading habit, which is an important ingredient for learning and building curiosity.” he concluded: