Views: 464 Ishmael Junourgh, Accra, Sept 23, 19, Tues The Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) has celebrated a two day annual book festival dubbed R...
Ishmael Junourgh, Accra, Sept 23, 19, Tues
The Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) has celebrated a two day annual book festival dubbed “GAWBOFEST 2019” in Accra.
This marks the 8th edition of the event.
Stating the objectives of this year’s festival, the President of the Association, Mr. Francis Gbormittah said GAWBOFEST was to bring all players in the sector together to explore ways to rekindle the interest of children in reading and writing.
“Through GAWBOFEST, GAW hopes to help rekindle Ghana’s fading culture of reading.”
He said the theme for the festival (Empowering Ghana through Reading) was appropriate and justified why it has not been changed since 2011.
He said the battle to fight the declining trend of reading among young Ghanaians had not been won yet and all hands were needed on board to change the narrative.
He noted many factors to be responsible for the falling trend, and mentioned some of them to include; lack of good books in the schools and the libraries, lack of e-book platforms in the schools, and the situation was worse in the deprived communities.
He said “readers are thinkers and thinkers are readers,” but here is the case most Ghanaian children were not reading.
He said e-book platforms across school in Ghana was a possibility as he commended the Publications Committee of GAW, chaired by Mr. Woeli Dekutse for exploring the possibility of establishing an e-book centre for books of GAW.
“I am aware a number of ICT companies have been invited to discuss this. The criteria for selection of books onto the platform would be highly competitive so the platform can attract only well researched and well written, well edited, in fact quality books,”
The president showed appreciation to the Ghana Library Authority for an e-library platform.
Also he mentioned another platform known as read and write programme targeting young people, a GAW school Outreach Programme (GAWSOP).
He revealed that by next month library clubs would be launched in GHANATA SHS and Kwabenya Community Day SHS.
He stress that in many ways, reading could be used as a tool to develop the culture of a nation.
He cited activities to mark the two day festival as follow:
Day one was for “writing in Ghanaian Languages,” and “Writing for children.”
Day two activities comprised storytelling, face painting, art and craft, bouncy castle, read and play kiddie e-sport, Ghana Library Authority-Mobile Library.
The closing ceremony was graced with powerful and inspirational speeches on the need to for reading and writing.
The president for the Ghana Publishers Association, Mr. Elliot Agyare was the gust of honour.
In his speech, he said re-echo the theme for the event “Empowering Ghana through Reading”, and commended the organisers for the selection of such a theme over the years.
He called for the youth to read good books; “there are books that one reads which aid in our enslavement. We gain some knowledge, but not is empowering knowledge that is transformational or that which makes us proud and confident”.
Participated schools included; GHANATA SHS, Kwabenya Community Day SHS, PRESEC-Tema and St, Thomas Aquinas SHS.