Ghana’s leading telecommunications network, MTN has partnered with the Akwasi Antwi Foundation to build a library facility at Tema Community 20 to mark World Literacy Day.
The Day which falls on September 8 of every year was declared by UNESCO on 26 October 1966 at 14th session of UNESCO's General Conference. It has been celebrated each year since 1967 to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies.
MTN Ghana which is known for contributing immensely to the promotion of education in the country took it upon themselves to collaborate with the Akwasi Antwi Foundation to put up a modern library facility as part of activities to mark the day.
The Community Library has been put up with supports from other stakeholders such as the Abundance Grace Baptist Church as well as Rainbow trust foundation, Red Oak books, and Lantern books.
Addressing a huge gathering at the commissioning ceremony of the facility earlier today, founder of the Akwasi Antwi foundation, Dr. Daniel Baffour Awuah explained that the library has been built to honour the memory of his son, Akwasi Antwi who passed away last year.
He further added that “The purpose is to ensure that children would come and use this facility and they will grow in knowledge, they will grow in the spirit of the Lord and they will grow in understanding”.
Speaking to Modernghana on the sidelines of the program, Mr. Ebenezer Terkpeh who is a Portfolio advisor at MTN Ghana stressed that supporting the building of the community library is key for them because they value the importance of education.
“For us, education is very important and so at the MTN Ghana Foundation, one of our focus is education. We have invested over the years in educational infrastructure across the country”, he said.
MTN is supporting the library with GHc5000 worth of comic books, a computer set for the Librarian, plus an MTN TurboNet to provide internet service.
The network providers have also assured that they will form a reading club at the newly opened library to boost the interest of reading in children in the surrounding communities.
“In respect of this library, what we can promise is that we will form a reading club just as we have done in other places just so the children in this community will have interest in reading, Mr. Terkpeh noted.