Book Aid International, a UK registered charity which provides books and supports libraries in Africa and around the world, has donated over two thousand books to the Eastern Regional Children’s Library in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
Every year, Book Aid International sends around over one million new books to public and community libraries as well as libraries in prisons, refugee camps, hospitals, schools and universities.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Library Authority, Mr. Hayford Siaw, noted that one of the requests that he gets from across the country is the need for more children’s books.
He was speaking at the launch of the Children’s Corner, a programme designed to help children advance in knowledge acquisition.
He said one of the objectives of this year’s is to make library spaces more conducive and inviting for young people.
Mr. Siaw commended the staff of the library for their tremendous contributions, commitment, dedication and enthusiasm.
“Change can only come from within and change coming from within is more sustainable than external sources, so it is exciting to see that our staff have commitment and passion for their job”.
Contributing, the Eastern Regional Librarian, Mr. Evans Korletey-Tene, posited that the library is the best place for parents to entrust their children during their leisure, time especially when school is on vacation.
“I know every child would like to associate him/herself to this library due to the elevation and transformation that has taken place here.
“This library is for you to aid you in reading and improving your vocabulary, I encourage each and everyone to visit the library to explore new materials we have received”, he said, and commended Book Aid International and volunteers from RELX for their donation.
The Educational Director, New Juabeng, Ms. Mavis Yirenkyi, called on children to learn to read and write to enable the country eliminate illiteracy among the young generation.
For her part, the Chief Executive Officer, Book Aid International, Ms. Allison Tweed, advised parents on three ways to improve literacy in children, namely, “by reading with your child, by listening to your child read and by taking your children to the library or having books at home.
A Representative from United Kingdom RELX Team, Ms. Yvonne Phillips said they had come to serve the community through painting, shelving books and teaching children.