MDAs urged to add library services to educational plan
Mr Alikem Tamakloe, Volta Regional Director of the Ghana Library Authority (GLA) has appealed to Municipal and District Assemblies in the region to input library services development into their educational planning.
He said the GLA had the expertise and was ready to scale up library development activities in the districts if the assemblies gave it some financial support.
Mr Tamakloe, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the weekend said, the GLA has the technical and management expertise in the handling of modular ICT trainings and could be of support to the youth in and out of school, interested in acquiring knowledge.
He said the rural-urban ICT knowledge and exposure divide in the country must be addressed by all stakeholders to give meaning to national programmes for educational opportunities for all.
Mr Tamakloe said the Authority’s Mobile Library Van equipped with a solar panel and with the capacity of a global platform was underutilized, limiting its activities to the Ho Municipal Area in the main.
He said with the support of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication, (GIFEC), the Regional Library recently started operating an ICT Laboratory with 10 computers
Mr Tamakloe said the facility was patronized mainly by basic school pupils seeking access to educational games.
He said the Authority was in talks with the GIFEC for a possible refurbishment of the laboratory and supply of additional computers.