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National Children and Mobile Library project begins


Work on a Sixteen Million Ghana Cedis National Children and Mobile Library Project funded by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has began in Accra.

The project, which is in collaboration with the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA), when completed, will have adults section, early childhood section, children section and teen section.

There will also be an audio-visual section, playground, parents group, garage, among other facilities.

Cutting the sod to commence work, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister for Education, noted that the primary purpose of the library, is to provide resources and services to meet the changing needs of people, especially, the younger population for their education, information and personal development.

Ghana’s efforts to advance literacy through reforms targeted to expand access and improve quality and management of education have chalked some successes which have been acknowledged by the international community within the framework of Education For All (EFA).

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang is of the view that library plays a significant role in the ability for one to source, discern, contribute to as well as use information for informed decision, this, she said, is a mark of quality education.

The Ghana Library Authority has been mandated to establish, equip, manage and maintain public libraries in the country.  Currently, the Authority has ten Regional Libraries, 49 branch libraries and the George Padmore Research Library on African Affairs under its care.

However, there is the need to establish more libraries in communities with no libraries. Government, through the Ministry continue to support its agency, the GhLA in its infrastructural development to make library services accessible to people.

She observed that the global consensus is that, though many children have had the opportunity to attend school, only a few have been able to acquired critical skills expected to be acquired with schooling.

Countries are expected to develop National Education Action Plans to reflect the renewed focus on quality education and her sector Ministry has made progress in developing the plan. The Ministry would solicit public views on the plan to achieve a wider stakeholder input before implementation.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang revealed that the sector is implementing a 5-year Learning Project with funding support of $75.0 million from the USAID to improve quality at the Basic level, the objective, is to improve teaching and learning of early-grade reading to equip about 2.8 million pupils from Kindergarten to primary three with skills to read with comprehension.

“Children writing for children’, an Education project, designed to give children the opportunity to write for the consumption of their peers. The programme is based on the belief that children are capable and deserve the chance to affect areas hitherto reserved for adults.

It is to build confidence, stimulate the habit of reading, allow young learners to affect the curricula, and to demonstrate to adult writers what the children want to read.

The Minister commended SSNIT for supporting GhLA it its infrastructure development and expressed the hope that the project when completed, will help ease the congestion at the Central Library.

In a speech read on behalf of the Director-General of SSNIT, Mr. Charles K. Asare said the project is part of SSNIT’s contribution towards its Golden Jubilee anniversary.

The strategy and intension within the context that the Trust started is for the youth to be the ultimate beneficiaries of the SSNIT. He said the project will be completed in eight months.

The Chairman of the GhLA Board of Directors, noted that public libraries have not outlived their usefulness because of the internet as perceived by people. The internet, he said, is also a library.

He noted that the library after completion will provide opportunity and help children to access the facility as focal point and Centre of knowledge.

In a welcome address, Mr. K. Tenkorang, noted that the primary aim is to enhance the literacy of children. He recognized the role the former executive Secretary of the GhLA played in the establishment of the project.

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