The Ghana Library Authority with support of the Ministry of Education is set to begin a nationwide residential training programme for Senior High School Librarians. The collaboration between the Ghana Library Authority and Ghana Education Service is the first-ever nationwide training of such magnitude in Ghana’s history for school librarians.
The training forms part of the government agenda within the framework of the implementation of Free SHS policy to build the capacity of school librarians to ensure quality education, leading to improved learning outcomes.
The policy directive by Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education seeks to equip all school libraries within the country with necessary learning resources and supplementary reading materials as part of ongoing investment by the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
‘’The Minister recognize that, the most important resource of any library is its people and hence, the nationwide training to equip the school library managers with 21st century skills in librarianship and information science, to enable them to serve the needs of students and teaching staff’’ said Mr Hayford Siaw, Executive Director (Ag) of the Ghana Library Authority.
“We have assembled a team of seasoned Librarians and Information Science professionals from Ghana Library Authority and the University of Ghana for this School Library Transformation Agenda and expect drastic changes to occur through the training programme offered, he continued.
Almost 700 school librarians are expected to be taken through training areas such as Cataloguing and Classification, Preservation of Documentary Materials, Practical use of Library Management System for collection management and many others.
In providing more details on the government agenda for School Libraries, the Executive Director said, already supplementary reading materials are being sourced from publishers across the country to equip school libraries. Libraries with notable issues in infrastructure have been documented and interventions are ongoing to bring them to acceptable standards.
Senior High School Libraries will soon be equipped with open sources websites for download and use without internet including Wikipedia, Khan Academy and many others. They will be available on the Raspberry Pi with RACHEL installed. It includes WiFi capabilities and automatically acts as a hotpot in schools.
To ensure ongoing learning possibilities for students, they can already have access to classics from the Ghana Library App, downloadable on Appstore and Playstore. More tailored resources will soon be available for SHS students on the App.
The upcoming training has been categorized into four zones. Zone one will be made up of schools in the Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo and Bono East Regions. Zone Two will comprise schools in the Greater Accra, Central, Western and Western North Region. Zone Three will focus on schools in the Eastern, Volta and Oti Regions and the Zone Four will cover schools in the Upper East, Upper West, Savannah, Northern and North East Regions.