Leslie Kasanga, the Upper East Regional Librarian, has appealed to government and Non-Governmental Organizations to assist in the rehabilitation and restocking of libraries in the region; and also help them to meet their operational cost in order to function effectively.
He made this call at the launch of Upper East Region’s version of the “National Year of Reading”; under the national campaign theme, “Reading for Progress”.
The government, through the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Library Authority has declared 2019 a ‘National Year of Reading’ in an effort to promote and sustain literacy and lifelong learning to improve on knowledge and skills of the citizenry to significantly contribute to national development.
The move is aimed at ensuring the implementation of reading related programmes, events and workshops in libraries and schools to encourage people to read more and build positive reading habits.
According to Kasanga, libraries in the region are faced with lots of challenges, which stifled their smooth operation. The Upper East Region has five state established libraries located at Bolgatanga, Navrongo, Bongo, Bawku and Sandema.
He underscored the importance of libraries in the development of the society.
He said it was the gate way to the enlightened world and encouraged members of the public, especially the youth to frequently visit the library to enhance their educational potentials.
The regional launch ceremony was attended by stakeholders drawn from Ghana Education Service and Ghana Library Authority. Other participants included parents and pupils from some basic schools in the region.