Parents and guardians were advised to track and discourage their children from the use of mobile phones excessively and to promote their reading habits.
Mr. Ofosu Frimpong, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Librarian offered the advice on in Sunyani when he spoke at the Junior High School Regional Reading Festival (JHSs) to pick a winner to represent the district at a national tournament in Accra.
The competition, hosted by the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) on the theme “Reading for Progress” was aimed at promoting library projects in the region as well as helping regional winners train to accurately represent the country at national level.
Five schools – 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 urged parents to provide their kids with reading materials and create a conducive atmosphere to improve their desire to read, adding that reading contributes to academic success because it strengthens children’s minds so that they can succeed in all areas of education.
He said the children’s library in Sunyani would also be given a facelift very quickly with the help of Newmont Goldcorp, Ahafo Mine, to make the place more appealing to children.
Mr. Frimpong said the Regional Library had developed an app to make reading more pleasant and to encourage this among pupils and students in the area, so that anyone can access the book online.
A former Regional Librarian proposed that the government should devise and introduce a nationwide reading plan to encourage the art of reading in schools and among the general public in order to develop the language of the community.