AN ultra-modern library for the Asofan Cluster of Schools, near Ofankor in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, was inaugurated on Wednesday.
It was built by the Vodafone Ghana Foundation and Joy FM, with the aim of inculcating reading habits into pupils between the ages of eight and 14.
The Minister of Education, Mr Lee Ocran, in a speech read for him, indicated his happiness at seeing private organisations like Vodafone and Joy FM, providing quality education for future leaders of the country.
According to the sages, the ability to read is the cornerstone of progress.
Mr. Ocran therefore called on other organisations to emulate the shining example of Vodafone and Joy FM.
The Director of External Affairs at Vodafone, Ghana, Mr Patrick Boateng, remarked that reading, is fundamental to the progress of pupils in education, while “access to books is a strategy by which knowledge could be acquired”.
“The reading habits of the general public, particularly school children, have seen a steady decline over the last couple of decades, because of the non-availability of libraries from which pupils and students can access books to read,” he lamented.
Mr Boateng said reading can expand the horizons of school children, improve their vocabularies, and open their minds to new ideas.
He commended Joy FM for helping to re-igniting the passion for reading, adding that, Vodafone has invested significantly in the ‘Read 100’ project.
Present at the ceremony were the Municipal Chief Executive, Nii Armah Tackie; chiefs; representatives from the Ghana Education Service; the Ghana Publishers Association and the Ghana Library Board.