ISACA supports Street Library Digital Reading hub project
February 19, 2015; 11:08 pm
The Accra chapter of ISACA, a worldwide professional trade group that promotes the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading information technology standards and practices, presented a cheque for $5000 to Street Library Ghana (SLG) on 19th February 2015. These funds will be used to help set up SLG’s Digital Reading Hub in Pokuase, Accra.
The Digital Reading Hub will offer unprecedented opportunities for children throughout Ghana to be learn the responsible use of technology as a means to advance knowledge development and acquisition.
Speaking at the Presentation at the SLG office, the chairman of ISACA’s Accra Chapter, Mr. Kobina Nkum Akwa, praised Street Library and its President, Mr. Hayford Siaw, for its innovative approach to providing this unique opportunity for children to utilise technology and e-books to improve literacy and social wellbeing. He assured SLG that ISACA will continue to support the organisation in its vision of building a knowledge society. ”Your vision aligns with that of ISACA and fits within the ISACA Accra chapter Corporate Social Responsibility,” he concluded.
Executive Member of ISACA Accra, Mariama Okine, noted that there are different ways ISACA could support SLG in delivering on it mission and expressed interest to partner with the organisation in diverse areas, including providing expert support services.
For his part, Mr. Siaw, who was full of praise for ISACA leadership and members for their generous support, promised to utilise the donation to achieve the purpose for which it was granted. “Street Library plans to set up 10 Digital Reading hubs in the next year and I believe that partnerships of this nature will make it possible to achieve that ambitious goal,” he concluded.
Mr. Siaw shared the success story of Street Library Ghana, which began as a single van full of books, traveling from village to village to make educational resources available to rural children, through its funding from Tigo, Ghana and Reach for Change, to its utilization of technology to scale its footprint and impact across Africa.
In early 2014, the Street Library project received support from the ACPCulture+ EU to create an e-library for Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon and Mozambique through a consortium of local and international partners including Fraunhofer, Microsoft and Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa.