Jackson College of Education, Ghana’s leading private College of Education is advocating a society where every Ghanaian can read and write basic English as it joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s International Literacy Day.
The College, therefore, prays the Government to pursue a holistic educational system where no Ghanaian child is left behind irrespective of their place of origin.
The International Literacy Day which was established in 1950 is celebrated annually to assist the world community in encouraging literacy as an essential skill and tool for empowering individuals and communities.
The focus of this year’s celebration is for all youth and a large percentage of adults, both men and women, to attain literacy and numeracy by 2030.
This, the Jackson College of Education finds a laudable target worthy of supporting by stakeholders in education across the globe.
It is also in line with the vision of the College which seeks to provide equal opportunities for children in rural Ghana by training professional teachers to handle children in the hinterlands.
Over the years, Jackson College of Education has given scholarships to some pupil teachers teaching in rural schools to become professional teachers and go back to those communities after their training.
The idea behind this initiative is that such teachers would not find it difficult to stay in the communities because they already belong there.
Jackson College of Education believes that children in rural communities also deserve quality teachers since they sit for the same exams with their counterparts in the cities during the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
It is for this reason that it has carved a niche for itself as a regular donor of teaching and learning materials to rural schools as a corporate social responsibility.
Last year, the College provided school uniforms, footwears as well as teaching and learning materials to over 100 pupils of Danyame-Kwaemu Presbyterian School in the Asante Akim Central Municipality.
The pupils who study in an abandoned poultry farm located in an isolated community also received cooking utensils, bags of rice, gari and beans.
Two Senior High School graduates who volunteered to teach the children were also awarded scholarships to study at Jackson College of education.
Mrs Theodosia Jackson, Principal of the College is of the firm belief that the literacy rate could significantly improve in the next 20 years if deliberate efforts are made to make education accessible to all children.
She said Jackson College of Education is contributing its widow’s mite towards global efforts to improve literacy and numeracy and called on other stakeholders to follow suit.