Salomey Read-A-Thon Set to break existing World Longest Reading Record


Sunyani, May 14, 2024.

A female basic school teacher, Salomey Kwabea Agyei, 37, is set to undertake a Read-A-Thon Marathon to break the existing World reading record and set new one.

The SALOMEY Read-A-Thon project launched in Sunyani over the weekend is a journey of 7-days (168 hours), thus-(25 to 31st May 2024).

It is geared towards inculcate reading habits into children through numerous reading related activities and advocacies.

The project aimed at advancing teaching and learning particularly, with emphasis on reading as a tool for courage to enhance people’s interest in learning with emphasis on Women Empowerment.

I’m that regard, reading materials would be those predominantly authored by women as motivation to fellow women aspiring to rise to any height they desire to reach, a press statement at the launch stated.

According to the statement,  SALOMEY was through with all the processes, and “have been given the opportunity to embark on an attempt to break an existing World Record of Longest Reading Hours by an individual which is 124 hours (5 days and 6 hours)”

The Project 

“As a trained teacher, who has taught in villages, I have seen that reading has always been the 

main catalyst that boosts pupils’ interest in learning”. 

However, due to the financial distress faced by most parents, it is very difficult for them to buy reading materials to enhance their 

wards learning.

Over the past years, “I have had this immeasurable passion to find ways of building Community 

Libraries and ICT centres across the country, through my Readspell Literacy Foundation” to improve reading.

Its intention is strongly collaborate with the Ghana Library Authority in Sunyani to embark on this project, the pres statement explained. 

The statement added as the world advance through Information Technology, SALOMEY believe that there is the need for a collective effort to ensure that the growing children regardless of background should have access to computer and other smart gadgets to enable 

them position properly for our contemporary age.

“I intend to start building from the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions through collaborations 

with organizations, multinational firms, mining firms, philanthropists, NGOs, UN based 

organizations, religious organizations and amongst others”.

She strongly believe that forming the right partnerships triggers the goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG Goal17) which primarily talks about Partnership for the Goals and that makes everything under the sun possible including this golden intention of mine to advance reading in our country.

Why Guinness World Record 

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 7 days (168 hours) I believe it will be a motivation to many and also give me the needed access to engage organizations and philanthropists to support my good course of building community libraries and ICT centres across the country”.

SALOMEY’s intention to read books authored by female scholars was also to motivate women to write enough books to fill the shelves of our libraries as means of influencing young women intentionally to dare rise to the top. 

GLobal Positioning of the Project 

The statement said the Salomey-Read-a-thon is globally stimulated to position Ghana towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Thus, the 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).

Sponsorship Support 

I humbly request for sponsorship through this medium for well meaning Ghanaians and 

organization to support me to embark on this purposeful read-a-thon journey. 

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