Pupils studying in the library at Gbawe (1)

Ten boxes of books – Biology, Chemistry and other reading materials have been donated to the Mumford Community Library and Learning Centre by the Thelma Odonkor Foundation (TOF) in Accra.

The Reverend Mrs Thelma Odonkor, founder of TOF explained that the books are made available to the community library based in Mumford in the Central Region to increase the knowledge and understanding of pupils and students in various subjects.

She said TOF considers library as a store of educational knowledge for positive impact on the academic achievement of pupils and students who uses such facilities, “we must therefore ensure that libraries are well stocked to serve its purposes”.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency after the presentation Rev. Mrs Odonkor who is a Minister of the Gospel at Harvest Chapel International noted that pupils and students by way of their geographical location should not be deprived of basic educational needs.

Mrs Odonkor advised managers of the facility to organise period outreach programmes to educational institutions in the area to attract pupils and students to the community library stressing that, “we must put in systems and programmes to encourage the usage of the books.

“The books should not serve as exhibition material in an archival museum, but we must collaborate with educational institutions, work with Parents Teacher Associations, Traditional Leaders, Churches and others to encourage pupils and students to visit and use the books”.

Mrs Odonkor said the traditional image of the library as a quiet place of study, housing mostly print collections, is changing, the shifts in education methods, the impact of computer technology, and the diversity of students have caused libraries to organize resources and design services that meet and anticipate the new needs of study and teaching.

Mr Harry Tackey-Otoo, received the books on behalf of the administers of the Mumford Education Committee at a short ceremony in Accra.

The Mumford Community Library project was initiated by the education committee of the town in 2009. The community provided the building, and Books for Africa Project, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) donated the books whilst Mumford citizens in Italy and Mr. Jeff a British and his wife Charlotte Obiri, a Mumford citizen donated computers for the learning centre which is attached to the library.

The Mumford Education Committee, in conjunction with the Mumford Council of Elders, has put in place measures to help improve education standards in the town.

The measures include provision of accommodation to motivate teachers, ban of school children from the street after 20:00 hours and at the beach during school hours and rehabilitation of dilapidated school blocks and stocking of the Community library.

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