Ghana has a low youth literacy rate. Access to quality education is scarce across the country, and traditional cultures are at risk of being forgotten. Libraries in Ghana can help address these concerns and more, but are underfunded. Because of insufficient training opportunities, librarians lack the skills to adapt to the needs of their communities and provide innovative services that can enhance community development through education and culture.
Our professional partners will train librarians to develop their leadership, mindset, and skills, empowering them to offer innovative services in their libraries, promote community development, and cascade the knowledge to their peers. The project provides e-learning courses and face-to-face workshops on: Change Management, Partnerships, Using Data to Make Decisions, Taking Smart Risks, Digital Literacy, and The Place of the Library in the Community. The trainings will be held in all regions of the country.
This project will provide Ghana librarians with skills they need to innovate services for the long-term growth of their communities, such as promoting access to education as a human right and development. When librarians receive proper support, they transform their libraries into centers of influence. Training 16 librarians can create a ripple effect that leads to improved literacy, educational, and cultural services for over 100,000 library users in Ghana, who would otherwise be neglected.