Welcome to program website for Street Library Ghana!
In Ghana libraries are rare, particularly in areas outside of the capital city, Accra.
In many schools, pupils rarely have access to anything beyond their basic school books. The scarcity of resources deprives children and teenagers of exposure to comic strips, picture books, paperbacks, novels and so forth. This lack often prevents the development of an interest in and/or enjoyment of reading.
Access to books is limited for three main reasons:
There are few libraries in Ghana
Books are not very accessible outside of libraries
Ghanaian publications are uncommon
The “street library” move from village to village with a Van in order to reach people who would otherwise have limited or no access to books.
To create the “street library” in each village we pitch a large tent, or use covered open areas depending on the availability of space, lay carpets on the floor and display our collection of books. Children and the youth are invited to meet under the tent or space to read individually, or to listen to a book being read.
The “street library” also offer additional educational opportunities, such as writing workshops and competitions.
Dedicated team of volunteers from both within and outside Ghana work to implement the project.