First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has opened an expanded Book Processing Unit and re-launched the mobile library service for online library users in the southern sector of the country.

This event was done at the official declaration of 2019 as the “Year of Reading” on Tuesday, 19th February 2019, at the Forecourt of the Ghana Library Authority in Accra.

Under the theme, “Reading for Progress”, the launch has become appropriate and timely, in a growing competitive world where life-long learning has become the only way to grow intellectually and build a wealth of knowledge.

The First Lady in her speech said, based on the activities outlined to be undertaken within the “Year of Reading”, she strongly believes the landscape of reading promotion efforts and efforts to bring library services to Ghanaians will be transformed. 

“Last year, we launched the Read to Learn, Learn to Read project with two prone approaches of building libraries and undertaking reading sessions with children on TV. Soon, the first library in Bia in Western region will be ready and handed over to the Ghana Library Authority to enable children of this community benefit from the enormous resources that will be available.” She hinted.

With Ghana having to contend with over 70 years of manual library services, the Head of the Rebecca Foundation was glad to notice that all the systematic issues being tackled by the Ghana Library Authority is geared towards setting a robust foundation for library service.

She commended the Authority on the fresh investments in the development of the Schools and College Library Unit at the Library Authority and pledge the support of the Rebecca Foundation to advance government’s vision of connecting Ghanaians to knowledge resources.

By Akins Kwabena Darkwa / / Ghana


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