Books will go to libraries and schools in the country
Book Aid International yesterday despatched 54,611 books to Ghana.
About half of the consignment will go to Book Aid's newest partner, the Ghana Library Authority, and will be distributed among the 60 libraries in the country. Hayford Siaw, head of the authority, said: "A recent survey revealed that only 2% of Ghanaian children in Grade 2 were able to read fluently. We are in a position to support diverse groups; however, we must invest more in appropriate resources, particularly for children. This is why we see our strategic partnership with Book Aid International as a good step in addressing literacy challenges. With our new partnership we have no doubt that Ghanaians will be trooping into our libraries to access the new books thanks to the generous supporters of Book Aid International."
The rest of the books will go to NGOs working in Ghana, including Book Aid International's existing partner AfriKids, to support the education of some of the country's most vulnerable children. AfriKids and Book Aid International are both funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery.
Alison Tweed, Book Aid ceo, said: "Book Aid International is pleased to be able to support the Ghana Library Authority as the service looks to its future. Many Ghanaians have not had access to new books for some years and we know these beautiful, brand new books will transform their experiences of reading. It is also wonderful to be continuing our work with NGOs such as AfriKids who provide vital support for many of the children who need books most. Expanding our work in Ghana would not be possible without our many generous donors and publishing partners here in the UK and I would like to warmly thank all of our supporters."
Photo: donated books being read at an AfriKids reading club at Lamboya Model Primary School