Ghanaian telecommunication company, Tigo has partnered with Street Library Ghana, to established the country’s first mobile digital library, aimed at boosting digital inclusion for children in rural Ghana.
The library is an interior of a van, beautifully fitted with tables, chairs and laptops. It also holds a mobile extension that can be set up outside the van to cater for more children.
Street Library Ghana was founded by Mr. Hayford Siaw, 2012 winner of Changemaker Competition organised by Tigo. Hayford previously traveled around rural Ghana with hard copy books in his mini-van to encourage children to read, but with the books now digitised by Tigo, Children will also have an experience with computers.
According to Gifty Bingley, Head of Tigo’s Corporate Social Responsibility unit, “With this innovation we have taken the project a step further. We have digitized the books, they will also have a hands-on experience with the computers and the digital experience will be the same for every community we visit.
Hayford Siaw, Street Library Founder revealed that children in rural Ghana will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this pioneering project, adding that offering children from rural communities a shot at obtaining a decent education digitally has become the focal point of many philanthropic organisations.
According to him, “It will go a long way to support digital inclusion. Even though children in rural Ghana study ICT as a core subject, several of them have neither seen nor touched a computer. I look forward to introducing them to the computers and going through the downloaded book”.