Literacy is the foundation of development- Asare Yamoah
The President of the Ghana Publishers Association, Mr. Asare Konadu Yamoah has charged developing countries to take an active role in providing by providing the needed literacy environment to harness the potential of its citizens for the development of the continent.
According to him, developed countries have witnessed an improvement in the quality of their lives as a result of their reading culture.
He said this at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Ghana International Book Fair in Accra, “Developed countries are characterised with literate people who have the requisite human resource to create, innovate and devise suitable approaches to get things done progressively”.
This according to him has redirected their focus this year to promote literacy among students from primary to tertiary considering the continuous decline in education and culture according to the UNESCO (2019) report.
Touching on the impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic on the book industry, Mr. Yamoah said the book industry in Ghana is exploring ways of integrating e-learning to harness the opportunities most countries in Europe and the USA have adopted in their business approaches.
The UNESCO country Director in Ghana, Mr. Daillo Abdourahamane on his part hinted of plans of advocating reading as a national policy wish you advocate reading as a national policy.
“It is gratifying that Ghana is vying to be part of the host of UNESCO 2023 year of reading. he added
The 2021 Ghana International Bookfair is on the theme” A nation of Readers for Development”
The four-day event is slated from 26th to 29th August 2021.
The 18th Ghana International Bookfair brought together scores of publishers in the Book industry.