EducationGhana| December 22| Books Donation: High Impact Ghaninan Social Entrepreneur Will Donate Entire $10,000 Wakelet Community Impact Award Win To Buying More ‘Traditional Print Books’ For His Rural Community Libraries
Peter Amoabil, 36 years, lives in the rural location of Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana.
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Peter heard about Wakelet on Twitter and joined the Wakelet community as a member and then as an ambassador spreading the Wakelet wave in Ghana.
Peter uses Wakelet to organise his teaching resources and online content for his social enterprise, Rural Literacy Solutions. He also shares content via Wakelet with other educators in Ghana.
Peter’s remarkable social enterprise is called Rural Literacy Solutions. These are stationary book-sharing boxes that are installed in the compound of his beneficiary schools, with locks to protect the books.
After school, Peter’s libraries are opened for children to read books and engage in extra literacy tuition.
The current literacy rate in Ghana currently stands at 58%. However, there is a particularly low literacy rate in Northern regional Ghana, which is where Peter focuses on Rural Literacy Solutions. For instance, the Ghana northern regions literacy rate stands at 27% for the upper east and west regions which form part of the border with the Burkina Faso region.
For Peter’s social enterprise, he buys the books from The Ghana Book Trust, a non-profit organisation in Ghana.
Ironically, because children in Ghana can’t afford electronic devices, the Wakelet community award will go towards buying traditional print media books for his libraries.
“All the children we work with are from low-income homes and do not have access to electronic gadgets,” says Peter. “But it is my hope in the future we can set up ICT centres in some of our beneficiary communities.”
Three of Peter’s libraries are based in the Kumbungu District of Northern Ghana, Watania Primary school, Bongnaa Yili Primary School and Voggu RC Primary School. One is in the Sagnarigu District of Northern Region at Kanvilli Nuriya Primary School.
The biggest library that Peter runs is Kanvilli Nuriya Library, which has 600 books. There are three other libraries at Voggu, Watania and Bognayili, which each have 300 books each. A total of 1,500 books are currently distributed across all of the 4 libraries he runs.
With his Wakelet Impact Award win, Peter plans to set up 3 additional libraries in the Kumbungu District and also add books to the existing libraries – with 300 new books each.
The launch of Peter’s latest library, with books funded from his Wakelet $10,000 Community Impact Award win is in the final stages.
His book-buying mission is also supported by Participate Learning and Participate in the USA.
“I am greatly encouraged by winning the Wakelet Community Impact Award for 2021 and will ensure it goes towards fueling my vision for a better future for young people in Northern rural Ghana.”
The website to Peter Amoabil’s registered organisation is:
Twitter: @RuralLiteracy and Facebook at Rural Literacy Solutions.
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