Reading standards improving year on year – thanks to support from Buriton's Village-to-Village charity link

Posted on Tue, 11/04/2017 - 9:54am

Another successful inter-school reading competition was held on Friday 17th March, with scores of children taking part representing a dozen schools.

Buriton's 'Village-to-Village' group sponsored another successful competition (the fourth annual event) by providing prizes for all the winners and paying for the costs of the transport to get all the children to the venue.

Twelve primary schools took part in the competition - an initiative inspired by Buriton's work with the Local Education Authority in the area.

Each school selected its best reader, boy or girl, in each of their six age-based classes and these children were then all brought together to be tested in front of a special panel of judges in Abora, near to Dominase.

The overall winners (first, second and third in each of the age groups) received their awards in front of cheering crowds and there was also a new award for the best school, The Morley Trophy, in honour of the late John Morley.

The competition was organised to accompany Buriton's wider support for education in Dominase. Thousands of Supplementary Reading Books have been provided to schools in the area and dozens of teachers have been supported through official teacher-training courses.

"All the children wanted to win and all the schools wanted to win” explained Comfort Appiah, Leader of the Village-to-Village Group in Dominase. “The competition raises the awareness of the importance of reading English,” she continued, “and next year parents and School Governors will try harder to make sure that their children are amongst the best.”

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