The Ghana Library Authority (GLA), will soon re-launch its mobile van library services in all the 10 regions to reach out to communities.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the GLA, Mr. Hayford Siaw, said this will ensure that double track students at home “have some sort of reading materials to keep them abreast with what is being taught in schools.
He said the GLA received financial support from government to repair the vans to kick start the exercise, and that, currently, the vans are in the workshop undergoing fittings for the re-launch exercise.
The GLA, he said, has positioned itself to ensure that all students at home could easily get some reading materials from the nearest branches or districts, and assured that it would soon re-launch its mobile van services in the Northern and Southern zones.
Mr. Siaw said the Board and management of GLA will declare next year as the National Year of Reading, on the theme, “Reading for Progress” to revive the reading habits of the populace, and sees the GNA as a key stakeholder to enable the GLA to achieve that target.
“I believe this collaboration with a key state agency like the GNA would enable us to reach out to more people during our national year of reading campaign.
“We cannot undertake a national exercise of that nature for a whole year without collaborating with the agency responsible for news gathering and dissemination in the country – the authentic voice – so we invited the GNA to collaborate with us in the exercise.”
“The idea is to get people to know that reading actually helps people to progress in life. Having educated people who can have access to information is critical to national development and we cannot underestimate that,” he added.
Mr. Siaw also announced that the Authority would also revamp the Schools and College Library Department to support the development of education and reading in the country.
He said: “the government has seen that this department is a critical one that can support the development of education and reading in the country, hence the need to revamp the department.”
“We are currently expanding our books processing unit to cater for the over 600 secondary schools and over 60 public libraries, as well as adding about 13 new libraries next year.”