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COMMEMORATING WORLD LITERACY DAY

Commemorating World Literacy Day - Train the Child how to Read and when he Grows he will not Depart from it

Reading is the light that brightens the path of the present and the future. Those who are able to develop the capacity to read are never lost in a world now defined as a global village. And to be able to have full access to this global village, participate and benefit from its growth and development, one needs to acquire the skill and capacity to read. The capacity to access information, a skill in creativity and communication competence are some of the skills set that one needs to function effectively in the society. Developing a reading culture among children at an early stage of their lives is the best way to ensure that the present and the future are adequately prepared to contribute to and also benefit from what a literate society has to offer its people. The childhood stage is the most fertile period to plant any desirable behaviour in the life of a child.

Theme for Celebration

The theme for the celebration of this year’s World Literacy Day, “Transforming Literacy Learning Space”, enjoins all stakeholders to ensure that effective and innovative measures are put in place to create an enabling environment for all children, everywhere, to read and learn with ease and for fun.  This is one of the surest ways of developing a functionally literate population that has the wherewithal for nation building. It will also enhance our ability to overcome unpredictable future occurrences that are not within our control. The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 is an example of how literacy (use of science and data) was used to fight the menace. Society is tasked to go by certain protocols to avoid infections and spread of the disease. Since most of these protocols are written pieces, it requires society’s constant read to keep ourselves abreast of what is required to overcome this menace.

Like the good Book says, society ought to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). Consequently, if society wants its children to behave in a certain way in the future, it is the responsibility of society to make provision for children to acquire such desirable habits. It is a well-known fact that the best time for one to acquire a habit is the childhood period. It is the time that one has not acquired any biases or prejudices which hamper smooth learning. It is also a known fact that one of the ways children learn with ease is by observation and it is the best time that society puts in a lot of effort to ensure that a child develops a habit of reading so that the child grows with the habit.

Training involves mentorship

Training a child requires giving him or her information, molding and shaping his or her character to adopt a certain behaviour pattern i.e. reading. It also includes a practical demonstration of the desirable behaviour or conduct that one seeks the child to imbibe. Consequently, the trainer becomes a model or a mentor to the child, regarding the behaviour the trainer expects the child to acquire. This training phase of life could happen consciously or unconsciously. With this insight, it behooves on society and all stakeholders involved in reading promotion to create a thriving environment that stimulates the culture of reading among children. Society’s behaviour toward reading today begets the future of society’s reading culture. Thus, to ensure a better reading culture, that ensures a functionally literate population for the future, everyone- parents, government, stakeholders - must get involved. Everyone is expected to be seen, not only advocating for the need to read, but should also be seen reading. That defines training or teaching by example.

Training involves effective tools

Effective training requires the needed tools and materials that ensure smooth learning. Accordingly, writers and publishers of reading materials must be innovative in producing materials that meet the reading needs of today’s children, especially in respect of information needs and accessibility to books. In a world that is advancing with speed, regarding Information technology, it is important that stakeholders take advantage of it to enhance the reading culture of society. Not only that, but also, ensure that through reading children are able to acquire knowledge in technology to enhance their learning skills as well as develop themselves properly to make them employable or entrepreneurial in the future.

In conclusion, when a child is trained to read, the child is put on the path to develop his or her learning skills to be literate so as to acquire the needed information to overcome life’s difficulties, such as poverty, disease, unemployment, and other social vices that blur his or her way. The child is also given a life-long tool to seek economic prosperity and contribute his or her quota for society’s growth and development. On this note the Ghana Book Development Council wishes everyone a happy World Literacy Day.

 

 

By

Daniel Ofosu-Asamoah

Senior Literacy Promotion Manager

Ghana Book Development Council

daniel.ofosu-asamoah@gbdc.gov.gh

 

 

DRAFT- National Book & Reading Policy
Ghana Book Industry Survey

This questionnaire is to gather data on the book industry for the sole purpose of generating statistics on the book industry in the country. The statistics would aid in the development of policies to advance the growth of the book industry in the country.

Your co-operation in providing the data would be highly appreciated. Please be assured that the information you provide will be used solely for the intended purpose. We would be grateful if you could spare some time to provide the needed information by completing the questionnaire and return same to the Production Services Manager (GBDC).

A fillable PDF form of the questionnaire can be downloaded via:

https://gbdc.gov.gh/sites/default/files/Questionnaire_Ghana%20Book%20Ind...

Kindly submit a completed fillable PDF form via email to twumasi.kofi@gbdc.gov.gh. Alternatively, you may pick a hard copy from the Ghana Publishers Association Secretariat, Ghana Printers and Paper Converter Association Secretariat or the GBDC office.

We would be grateful if you could complete the questionnaire and return same to us no later than 31st May 2022. We would gladly pick it up from your outfit if need be.

For further clarification, please contact:

Email: twumasi.kofi@gbdc.gov.gh

Tel: 0302 964 455

P. O. Box MB 403

Accra

 
REPORT ON SURVEY ON QUALITY OF BOOKS ON THE GHANAIAN MARKET
Ghana Book World 2022 issue 8
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Ghana Book World 2021 issue 7

The Ghana Book World was revived and relaunched with the sixth issue in the First Quarter of the year 2021. We bring you the seventh issue of the journal. The electronic version of this issue and previous issues have been uploaded to the GBDC website.

The journal is devoted to the Book Industry profession and trade. The jourrnal covers areas such as book development, writing, publishing, book design and illustration, printing, book selling and distribution, literacy promotion, copyright, and library services. The journal also serves as a newsletter for the Ghana Book Development Council (GBDC).

Contributors of accepted manuscripts will each be given five (5) complimentary copies of the journal issue which their articles are featured in. Contributions should be submitted as e-mail attachments to editorial@gbdc.gov.gh.

The journal also allows advertising spaces for books and services pertaining to the Book Industry in Ghana.

We look forward to your usual cooperation.

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