Sierra Leone’s First World Read Aloud Day Launched

By Alimatu Jalloh
Child Welfare Society (CWS)-Sierra Leone, a child protection and development charity, in collaboration with LitWorld and partners, on Wednesday joined the world in celebrating the World Read Aloud Day. The ceremony was held at the CWS head office at Circular Road in Freetown.
According to the support officer of CWS, Cadrina Palmer, the World Read Aloud Day is a day set aside by the United Nations to motivate children and adults worldwide in celebrating the power of words, and to create a community of readers in taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.
She mentioned that Read Aloud Day plays a very strategic part in the Child Welfare Society’s overarching vision of sustainable transformation of communities.
‘’Transforming lives, returning dignity and fullness of life to those caught in the vicious cycle of poverty is a difficult and complicated process which involves intervention in many different areas,’’ she stated.
In his statement, the Programme Manager of the Child Welfare Society Sierra Leone, Moses S. Mambu, said LitWorld is a United States-based charity organisation that campaigns to improve and empower girls around the world through storytelling, creative expression, literacy and mentorship.
He called on government to waive all school fees and other school charges in all government and private schools and in all educational institutions.
He also called for pregnant girls and young mothers to be allowed to take their BECE, WASSCE and other public examinations. He disclosed that the campaign is observed in many countries of the world.
In her keynote address, the Senior Social Service Officer in the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Fatmata E.R Ansumana, said girls must be empowered. She called on the children to utilise the opportunities that have been given to them.

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