YE4L advocates one district, one library

Tamale (N/R)- The Youth Empowerment For Life (YE4L) at a stakeholders’ forum in Tamale advocated one district, one library for districts in the Northern Region, where there are no libraries.

Advocating on the theme: “One District, One Library – A Catalyst For Universal Youth Literacy”, YE4L is seeking the establishment of functional libraries in districts within the Northern Region and to reactivate existing, but non-functional ones.

One district, one library was an OXFAM supported campaign implemented by YE4L in partnership with the Northern Regional Library Authority (NRLA), using the Northern Regional Youth Network as a tool to foster advocacy and getting stakeholders involved.

Mr Amin Mahama, the Project Officer of YE4L said the advocacy was inspired by the failing standards of education, specifically, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), amidst falling values and indiscipline among the youth in society.

Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Savelugu, said the call for establishment and rehabilitation of libraries was in line with the Educational Strategic Plan from 2018 to 2030, which focused on increased use of quality teaching and learning materials in basic schools.

She said the rate of poor academic performances by young people should alarm stakeholders to dialogue and take actions to improve on the situation, and indicated that there was no point completing basic school without the ability to read or write.

Mr Aaron Kuwornu, the Director of the Northern Regional Library Authority, said the Library Authority had objectives to establish public libraries, equip and manage them, advise on the development of their services and to encourage the use of existing library services in the region.

The Northern Regional Youth Network, in a petition presented to the Savelugu MCE requested that all defunct library facilities be made functional and accessible to young people in the region.

It further petitioned government to fashion out a One District, One Library policy that would result in the establishment of a modern library facility in each district in the country to provide the opportunity for young people to study and improve on their academic performances.

Source: Ghana News Agency