The Management of the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) Friday, December 31, 2021, declared the 2022 academic year as the ‘Year of Books’ under the theme; ‘Libraries as Community Anchors for Transformation’ at a press conference.
GhLA declaration comes after the Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay last year named the country’s capital, Accra as the World Book Capital in 2023.
“This is to raise awareness on the need to invest in increasing book stock on the shelves of public libraries in the country,” the United Nations (UN) Agency stated in a blog post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh.
UNESCO’s choice of Accra as the 2023 World Book Capital comes after Guadalajara, a city in western Mexico was chosen for the year 2022. Greater Accra is the twenty-third city to bear the ‘World Book Capital’ title since 2001.
“Ghana’s Accra’s proposed programme seeks to use the power of books to engage these young people, as an effective way of skilling up the next generation
The city proposed to the committee a broad programme that targets marginal groups with high levels of illiteracy including women, youth, migrants, street children and persons with disabilities,” UNESCO stated.
UNESCO as part of the Book Capital says it will put in place measures including reinforcing school and community infrastructure and institutional support for lifelong learning to foster the culture of reading in the Greater Accra Region.
“By championing the publishing sector and other creative industries, the programme also aims to encourage professional skills development to stimulate the country’s socio-economic transformation,” the UN agency said.
Activities of the 2023 programme UNESCO said will include the introduction of mobile libraries to reach marginalized groups, the holding of workshops to promote reading and writing of books in different Ghanaian languages.
“There will also be a platform for the establishment of skills and training centres for unemployed youth and the organization of competitions to showcase Ghanaian arts and culture and promote inclusivity,” the Organization added.
The WBC will start on April 23, 2023, on World Book and Copyright Day. Cities designated as UNESCO Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading for all ages and population groups, within and across national borders.