We need more libraries in Northern Region – Director

Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, Aug 12, GNA –
Mr Aaron Kuwornu, the Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Library Board,
has appealed for more libraries to be constructed in the Region to help
inculcate the habit of reading in children.

He said reading built
strong foundation for children to achieve academic laurels adding that
constructing libraries in all districts of the Region would help improve
education outcomes for basic and senior high schools.

Mr Kuwornu made the
appeal at a forum in Tamale, organised by the Youth Empowerment for Life
(YEfL), in partnership with IBIS OXFAM, Ghana.

It brought together
experts in various fields to interact with about 250 youth from the Region as
part of this year’s International Youth Day activities.

The forum, on the
theme: “One District, One Library: A Catalyst for Universal Youth Literacy”
formed part of efforts by the YEfL to generate debate on strategies to improve
access to quality education considering the consistent poor performance at
basic and secondary levels.

It was also in line
with the YEfL’s campaign for the establishment of district libraries aimed at
promoting literacy and numeracy skills among the youth and improve educational

Mr Kuwornu said there
were three libraries located in Tamale, Damongo and Gambaga including a
regional mobile library adding those were inadequate to address the reading
needs of the public.

Alhaji Mohammed
Haroun, the Northern Regional Director of Education, who was represented at the
forum, encouraged parents and community members to help supervise the schools
by reporting absentee teachers to the authorities.

Mr Alhassan
Abdul-Ganiyu, the Acting Director of YEfL, called on government to redeem its
pledge to build 60 libraries across the country as part of the country’s 60th
Independence celebrations.

He expressed the
commitment of YEfL to ensuring that “all youth and a substantial proportion of
adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy” as stipulated in the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 4).


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