E-Books help Ghana pupils improve reading

At the Third Annual West Africa Digital Reading Summit, on the theme: “Transforming Life’s Together through Digital Reading”, Worldreader Ghana announced that it was working in 52 schools and two community libraries in Ghana.

The programme has impacted the lives of more than 12,968 active readers by providing 5,305 devices for their use.

About 823,811 young adults, parents and teachers have read books on Worldreader Mobile and users are engaging in titles ranging from the Caine Prize award-winning short stories to healthy informational books and educational material.

Mr David Risher, the President of Worldreader, said reading broadened the knowledge of people on the world and sharpened their thinking capacities and expressed hope that the low illiteracy statistics in Africa would become a thing of the past with efforts like theirs.


He explained that his organisation had noticed that no one person had the recipe for starting a reading revolution in Africa or for improving literacy.

Mr Elliot Agyare, the Chief Executive Officer of Smartline Publishers Limited, said reading was critical to a well functioning democracy so illiteracy should be considered as a public health issue.

The summit brought together diverse group of innovators in Africa who make up the Digital Reading Eco-system.

They include parents, publishers, school project managers, librarians, NGOs, private sector partners and government officials to collectively brainstorm in new ways and approaches to strengthen and improve the reading culture in Africa.

Source: GNA


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