Our outreach is based on three programme pillars:
Reading and Creative Play for the Children of Market Women
Market Akenkan is a reading outreach programme for the children of market women.
Organised by Libreria Ghana and The Spelling Bee, the event is designed to encourage children to improve their literacy skills by providing a half-day of stimulating reading activities and support to help them enjoy a range of culturally and socially relevant books. The hope is that the children (and their parents) will be inspired to consider reading as an integral part of their daily lives with a long-term economic benefit rather than as an academic chore.
The aim is to take the event around markets in Accra and, ultimately, Ghana, promoting reading as a fun and necessary activity that all children should have access to regardless of socioeconomic status. It shows how literacy can be a route out of poverty and into greater educational and economic opportunities by helping children to think beyond their current circumstances and into the future.
The first Market Akenkan was held on 30 August 2018 for the children of Dome Market women at Achimota Mall. It was supported by Indomie Ghana.
Listen to an interview with Libreria Founder, Sylvia Arthur on Citi FM talking about the Market Akenkan programme below:
School and Community Libraries in Underprivileged Areas
Little Librerias are small libraries, primarily in schools but also in unconventional community spaces, that provide children and young people in underprivileged communities with access to high-quality books that they would otherwise be unable to access. These Librerias are established in schools with little-to-no books but with a desire to give students access to the joy that recreational reading provides, as well as the short, medium and long-term academic, social and economic benefits that come from good literacy.
The donation of a Little Libreria to a school is an investment not just in the school but in the students themselves. By giving young people access to books they might not otherwise have, there’s the potential to create or inspire a new generation of readers and change their futures for the better.
Little Librerias don’t just come with books; they come with the full support and experience of the Libreria team. This can mean as much as leading classes on writing and reading or as little as offering advice and guidance on maintaining the library from a distance, whatever works best for the school in question.
The first Little Libreria opened at Gem Star School in Ashaiman in September 2018. The second, at Nipanka Anglican Preparatory School in Kumawu in the Ashanti region, will open in December 2018.
Read Well, Look Smart!
Free and reduced price hair salon services for children aged 3-11 years in exchange for reading
Read Well, Look Smart! is a half-day event aimed at children aged 3-11 to develop their reading skills. Children are divided into age groups and helped to read a fun and exciting book by a team of volunteers from Libreria Ghana before being taken to get their hair done by the team at The Family Salon as a reward for successful completion of a book.
Libreria Ghana provides a range of exciting, age-appropriate books for children to devour, both individually and as part of a guided group reading session. The Family Salon stylists are on hand to style the hair of children who complete both stages of the event.
The first Read Well, Look Smart! took place in August 2018 at The Family Salon in Kwabenya.
Watch a video of the event below: