E- Library on Wheels launched in Ghana
April 25, 2015; 11:11 am
Telecommunication giant Tigo Ghana unveiled a partnership with Street Library Ghana to bridge the digital divide whilst increasing access to education and cultural resources for traditionally underserved children.
At a short ceremony in Accra, a brand new Van fully furnished with computers, tablets and e-readers for children was presented to Street Library Ghana’s President, Hayford Siaw, by Tigo Ghana CEO, Roshi Motman.
Hayford Siaw, who won the 2012 Tigo Change Makers competition, has since received annual grant and business advisory support from top managers of Tigo and partner companies through the Reach for Change Foundation, a Swedish NGO.
Gifty Bingley, Head of Corporate Communications and CSR, explained that Hayford was previously traveling around rural Ghana with physical books in his mini-van to encourage children to read. “With this innovation, we have taken the project a step further. Digitized books on laptops and other devices provide an opportunity for children to have hands-on experience with technology and a whole new digital experience,” she said.
On his part, Mr. Siaw, the founder of Street Library, could not hide his excitement, expressing gratitude for Tigo’s continued support since becoming part of the Changemakers program. “Children in rural Ghana will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this pioneering project. It goes a long way to support Digital Inclusion.”
According to Mr. Siaw, even though children in rural Ghana study ICT as a core subject, several of them have neither seen nor touched a computer. He looks forward to introducing them to the computers and exploring downloaded e-books.