Mobile library service launched in Berekum

Opuku Boakye-Yaidom, Berekum MCEIn an effort to promote reading culture among rural children in the Berekum municipality of the Brong-Ahafo Region, a community mobile library project has been launched for the area.

The 39-week long project, dubbed “Asuama-Kyere Community Mobile Library Project (AKCOMLIP-Ghana),” is an initiative of EoHOPE Foundation, a non-governmental organisation in collaboration with the Ghana Library Authority.

The pilot project, which is expected to be implemented in 36 rural communities in the municipality that have no access to functional libraries, targets children between five and 17years.

The project was first piloted in Kato, one of the communities in the area, during which a number of children gained immense knowledge through reading.

Speaking during the launching of the project at Berekum, Nana Afia Siraa-Ababio III, Executive Director of the Foundation said the project seeks to encourage children to develop effective reading habits, which was vital in helping children to improve their academic performance.

She indicated that the project would also encourage teachers, parents and traditional authorities of the beneficiary communities to be actively involved in the education of children.

Nana Siraa-Ababio, who is the Queenmother of Kato, near Sunyani, stated that the mobile library service team would include trained coordinators and volunteers who would ensure targeted communities and homes were served with relevant books for reading. She appealed to philanthropic organisations and individuals to offer the needed assistance in ensuring the successful implementation of the project.

Mr. Opoku Boakye-Yiadom, Berekum Municipal Chief Executive, commended the foundation for choosing the area for the project, and gave assurance of the Assembly’s support.

Mr. Frederic Noble Baada, Brong Ahafo Regional Chief Librarian, lauded the project, and described it as timely.

He explained that the community mobile library service is a critical intervention that can address the needs of the increasing population of children on the municipality, adding that it would support efforts at improving standard of education in the area.

He said Berekum is the second most populous area in Brong Ahafo after Techiman, but the only two public libraries at Berekum and Jinijini were non-functional for varied reasons.

“The population growth coupled with the widening gap in the digital divide, as well as information and knowledge gaps especially between the rich and the poor, therefore, calls for such intervention,” he said.

Mr. Baada, therefore, prayed for the commitment of all stakeholders towards ensuring that the targets of the project were achieved.

From Daniel Dzirasah, Berekum

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