By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
A reading clinic moderated by the Ghanaian actor / academic Adjetey Annan for children ended last week at the Community Youth Cultural Center (CYCC) in Accra.
Organized by the CYCC as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, the clinic among others was aimed at creating an enabling environment that supports children’s growth and independent reading skills alongside strategies they need to read complex texts.
Employing the use of “Grief Child”, written by Lawrence Darmani, Annan took the participants, who are between four and seventeen years through book choice, building reading stamina, decoding skills and comprehension.
Annan encouraged the children present to read books and share the stories with their friends in order to help improve their knowledge of words, use of language, stimulation of their imaginations, developing their literacy and communication skills.
Earlier, Director of CYCC, Dr. Akosua Abdallah urged participants to register at libraries with adequate content of reading materials while underpinning the fact that reading fluently and comprehensively gives them the practice they need to grow and develop interdependent skills of reading.
Founded in 1989, the CYCC programme aims at responding and satisfying the out-of-school recreational needs of the youth, identify and realize the latent talents of young people, enhance the creative and cultural abilities of the youth and channel their energies into positive use.
Others are to promote the positive values of patriotism, cooperation and internationalism among the youth, prepare the youth as an important manpower resource for development and set the basis for the evolution of Youth Cultural Movement in the country.
Events lined up for the anniversary include a webinar conference dubbed “CYCC @ 30: Topics earmarked include “Towards a Sustainable Creative Arts Economy and Youth Empowerment”, “Recorded Theatre for Development Skills on Topical Issues”, “Covid 19 Protocols”, “Teenage Pregnancy” and “Drug / Substance Abuse”.