REPORT ON WORLD READ ALOUD DAY ON WEDNESDAY 4TH MARCH 2015, AT DOMEABRA
World Read Aloud Day is a day celebrated to motivate children, teens and adult worldwide to know the power of words and create a community of readers taking action to show the world that the rights to literacy belongs to all people. By reading aloud, this day shows and motivates children to know that they have the right to read, write and share their story.
Solutions for life Initiative Ghana celebrated this day with the Domeabra change makers Club in the Ashanti Region. Among the various literature to be read aloud this day, the poems “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and “Kindness” by Naomi Nye were selected. As part of our goal to inspire young ladies and empower them, the poem by Maya Angelou “Still I Rise” which focuses on self-esteem and rising to achieve your goal despite the challenges and difficulties faced in life, rising to the top despite your background was chosen to motivate and empower these young ladies to focus on their strength and work towards their aspiration.
The poem Kindness by Naomi Nye which focuses on the power of kindness and experience in life also teaches these young ladies to be kind to others and know that the experience they go through in life either good or bad will shape their life and become self-motivated people in life, helping society and their nation as a whole
The program began around three 3:45 Pm with lesson on how to open and find meanings of words in the dictionary. The ladies were asked to find some meaning of words in the dictionary which they suggested themselves. The Literature Specialist Gideon KwabenaYeboah explained to them that, to find meaning of words in the dictionary you have to know your alphabet well and also know how to spell the word you want to find in the dictionary. The meaning of some words were found in the dictionary and some ladies were asked to form sentences with those words, which was interesting. They were able to learn new words and expand their vocabulary.
The ladies were asked to read the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou in silence and underline the words they did not understand. They were then asked to read the poem aloud stanza by stanza. The poem was explained to them that, they should rise to achieve their aims and goals despite the challenge they face in life and also not to look down on themselves even though their background is poor, they should have self-esteem and confidence wherever they find themselves.
Likewise the poem “Kindness” was read in silence and the difficult words were underlined, the ladies were then asked to read the poem aloud, and was explained to them by Gideon KwabenaYeboah that, they should be kind to people and appreciate every experience they go through in life.
The meanings of the underlined words in the two poems were looked for in the dictionary and again some of the ladies were asked to form sentences with those words. Some literary words which the ladies came across in the poems like simile, Metaphor, Imagery, hyperbole were all explained to them and they were encouraged to continue reading more story books and poems, look for words whose meaning they find difficult in the dictionary in order to give them a life of hope, independent and joy.
The programme was well attended, a success and interesting,