Ghana Library Board - Mobile Library Service

Impact Assessment Results

Mobile library lessons to help children pass exams

PLIP grantee: Ghana Library Board

Impact study results, April 2013:
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Volta Regional Library’s mobile service takes fully-charged computers to five schools in under-developed parts of Ho Municipality in Volta Region so that children can get hands on information and communication technology (ICT) experience and pass their ICT exams.

The service built ICT competencies, including basic word processing and internet skills, of over 200 children. It is one of 13 public and community library services funded by EIFL-PLIP in April 2012. Here we present results of impact assessment conducted a year later, in April 2013.

Read more in the document titled Impact Study Results, above.

Previous project updates:

Library service enables children to practise their ICT skills


Background to the Mobile Library Internet Service for Development

Serving a community need

map of ghanaHo is the capital of Ghana’s Volta Region. The town is known for its large market, which attracts farmers from all over the region. In the centre of the city roads are tarred and there are facilities like hospitals, a sports stadium, a Polytechnic, a nurses’ college and a number of private and public primary and senior schools.

However, parts of the broader municipality are under developed. Research by the Ghana Library Board (GLB) found that most communities in Ho Municipality lacked school libraries and Internet cafes. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a compulsory school subject, but school children learn this subject in the abstract, because the schools do not have computers. Widespread poverty means many parents cannot afford to keep their children in school, and drop-out rates are high. The majority of people are farmers, but lack access to essential information, for example, about the weather, farming methods, crop diseases and opportunities for development.

The new service
GLB’s Mobile Library Service aims to tackle these problems by equipping their mobile library van with desktop and netbook computers, Internet access and solar panels to power the computers. Librarians will install a digital library stocked with educational resources in the van. They will add curriculum content from the Ghana Education Service and local publishers to the library. The service will travel to selected schools, where librarians will work with teachers and at least 200 children, teaching ICT and online research skills. The children will be encouraged to research the Internet for information with the potential to fulfil local development needs.

Working together
Partners in the new service are the government agency, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) which has contributed five desktop computers, some canopies, tables and chairs to the new service; the NGO Tree of Life International will provide technical support for monitoring effectiveness of the service, and the company Tech Aide will provide technology support, including purchase and installation of equipment, and training.

To find out more about Volta Regional Library's innovative service, contact:

Mr Alikem Tamakloe
Volta Regional Library
PO Box HP86
Ho
Volta Region, Ghana
Email: tamakloealikem [at] yahoo.com