Ghanaian Teacher Aims to Break World Reading Record for Girl-Child Education

Salomey Kwabea Agyei, a Ghanaian English teacher, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Reading Marathon with a 7-day readathon. Her "Salomey-Read-a-thon Project" aims to promote girl-child education and support local libraries, focusing on several Sustainable Development Goals.

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Ghanaian Teacher Aims to Break World Reading Record for Girl-Child Education

Ghanaian Teacher Aims to Break World Reading Record for Girl-Child Education

Salomey Kwabea Agyei, a 37-year-old English teacher from Kofiko M.A Junior High School in Ghana's Bono region, is set to attempt breaking the Guinness World Record for the Longest Reading Marathon. Agyei plans to embark on a 7-day readathon from May 25 to 31, 2024, at the Bono Regional Library in Sunyani, aiming to surpass the current record of 124 hours held by Turkish national Rysbai Isakov.

Why this matters: This record attempt highlights the importance of promoting literacy and education, particularly for girls, in Ghana and beyond. By supporting local libraries and community development, Agyei's initiative can have a lasting impact on the country's social and economic progress.

Dubbed the "Salomey-Read-a-thon Project," Agyei's endeavor aims to promote girl-child education and support local libraries, focusing on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, and 17. During the 168-hour readathon, Agyei will read books authored predominantly by women as motivation for her fellow women and girls. "In fact, this project is born out of a great desire I have developed in the past years to advance teaching and learning, with emphasis on reading as a tool for courage to enhance children's interest in learning," Agyei stated at the media launch held at the Bono Regional Library in Sunyani.

Beyond the record attempt, Agyei's "Readspell Literacy Foundation" project aims to build community libraries and ICT centers in deprived communities nationwide, in collaboration with the Ghana Library Authority (GLA). She called for support from various organizations and individuals to help achieve this goal, emphasizing the importance of women empowerment and the role of reading in academic success.

The Guinness Book of Records, which will be monitoring Agyei's attempt, was established in the early 1950s to keep records and achievements of individuals and groups. The idea originated when Sir Hugh Breaver, the then Managing Director of Guinness Brewery, attended a shooting party in County Wexford, Ireland.

Agyei's readathon has garnered support from local officials, with Mr. John Kwame Gasu, the Jaman North Municipal Director of Education, highlighting the significance of reading in academic success. The Bono Regional Librarian, Alhassan Abdul-Faili, also pledged to provide additional books for the event. As Agyei prepares for her record-breaking attempt, her efforts serve as an inspiration for promoting literacy, empowering women, and supporting community development in Ghana.

Key Takeaways

  • Salomey Kwabea Agyei to attempt Guinness World Record for Longest Reading Marathon.
  • Agyei aims to read for 168 hours from May 25-31, 2024, at Bono Regional Library.
  • Record attempt promotes literacy, education, and women empowerment in Ghana.
  • Agyei's "Readspell Literacy Foundation" aims to build community libraries and ICT centers.
  • Local officials and organizations support Agyei's initiative for community development.