GWR: 37-year-old teacher embarks on seven-day read-a-thon in Sunyani

The English teacher is planning a seven-day readathon from Saturday 25 May to Friday 31 May 2024

Salomey Kwabea Agyei, 37, a teacher at Kofiko M A Junior High School near Drobo in the Bono region, has set his sight to breaking the Guinness World Record for reading.

The English teacher is planning a seven-day read-a-thon from Saturday 25 May to Friday 31 May 2024.

This stretches beyond the existing record by an individual, which lasted for five days and six hours.

Her main goals for embarking on this journey include promoting girl-child education and mobilising financial and material support towards the completion of the Regional Library in Sunyani to provide an avenue for people, especially the youth, to inculcate the habit of reading.

She also hopes to take advantage of this project to emphasise the need to build and stock community libraries with books and computers, promote reading among basic school pupils, launch her Readspell Literacy Foundation and promote Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 4 and 8.

Media launch

At the media launch held at the Bono Regional Library in Sunyani last Saturday, Kwabea Agyei noted that the Guinness World Records has in the past years been the source of drawing attention globally for people with all kinds of abilities to exhibit.

“But with this purposeful intention of reading for seven days (168 hours), I believe it would be a motivation to many and also give me the needed access to engage organisations and philanthropists to support my good course of building community libraries and ICT centres across the country,”  said Salomey.

She said, “Salomey-read-a-thon is not inspired by fantastic inclination but rather globally stimulated to position Ghana towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Thus, this project focuses on SDG goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and 17 (No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth, as well as Partnership for the Goals, respectively).”

The Jaman South Municipal Director of the Ghana Education Service, John Gasu, for his part, said the entire teaching and non-teaching staff, and all pupils in Jaman South Municipality are solidly behind Kwabea Agyei to emerge victorious in this activity.

The Bono regional librarian, Alhassan Abdul-Faili, pledged his full support for the project and said his outfit will make available additional books to be used during the read-a-thon, which begins from 25 to 31 May 2024.

The venue for the read-a-thon project is the Regional Library in Sunyani.

Reporting by Daniel Donkor from the Bono Region

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