Assin Nkran (C/R), July 1, GNA -Biblionef Ghana, a non-governmental organization, has donated books to six hundred school children in Assin Nkran in the Central Region.
Established in 2014 by Stichting Biblionef Nederland, Biblionef Ghana gives underpriviledged children in Ghana an opportunity to experience the joy of reading and love for books.
Biblionef Nederland organized a Face Mask campaign in the Netherlands to get people to buy a face mask from Ghana.
Proceeds from the sale then went towards the purchase of one storybook per child in Assin Nkran.
Six hundred masks were sold and 600 story books were purchased for six hundred children.
Speaking at the ceremony to donate the books, Mrs Ohui Agbenyegah Allotey, Board Secretary for Biblionef Ghana, said the COVID-19 pandemic had until recently confined children all over the world to their homes.
Schools and libraries everywhere had closed their doors while home-schooling and online classes became the logical option for many.
This was, however, not an option for many of the communities with which Biblionef works, where parents and teachers alike had no access to online education.
“Children are back in school now but a lot has been lost, especially in the area of reading motivation. Now, more than ever, books can make a difference to children who were stuck at home for such a long period. Reading for pleasure unlocks the imagination, helps discover new ideas, and gives solace too.
One book can make a lasting impression and this was the thinking behind the Biblionef Face-Mask/ Own a Book Campaign.”
Mrs Allotey expressed appreciation to the people of the Netherlands who supported and were part of this campaign.
Present at the ceremony was a representative from the Paramount chief, Nana Toku Dum; the MP for Assin South, Reverend Ntim-Fordjour, District Director of Education, Circuit Supervisors, Heads of Schools and other senior officers of the District Education office.