Benefits and impact of public access in libraries in ghana and ukraine

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Benefits and impact of public access in libraries in ghana and ukraine

  1. 1. Benefits and impact of public access in libraries in Ghana and Ukraine
  2. 2. UKRAINE: 2,000 public libraries with free access to internet
  3. 3. Bridging the digital divide
  4. 4. Impact of public access in libraries
  5. 5. Information and development
  6. 6. Open Government Partnership
  7. 7. PLIFOD African Public-Private Partnership Initiative to Support Public Libraries by TechAide.net • A Global Partnership MDG, Target 8F • Ghana First Country, 5 yr agreement signed • Objective: • • • • Increase infrastructure for public libraries Improve skills and competence of library staff through capacity building Improve advocacy to influence public policy Change the current perception and image
  8. 8. Library Perception Study • Research in selected African countries • Public Libraries are perceived as places to store books and reading - Ghana • Africa Awareness Raising Group – 1yr Advocacy • Public Libraries for Development Initiative • Initial 5 year Public-Private Partnership (PPP)
  9. 9. Mobile Library for Development Volta Regional Library
  10. 10. Mobile Library for Development Volta Regional Library • ICT is compulsory subject for Junior High School students in Ghana. • Most rural schools do not have computers, internet connections, electricity, school and community libraries. • Students learn ICT in abstract ; not practice. • Most of them fail their exams including ICT and some schools do not register their students for the ICT exams.
  11. 11. Information for Development • Visited each school once a week for 31 weeks; total of 115 visits made • 215 children, between the ages of 11 - 19, took part in lessons • 119 attended 9 rural Internet sessions. • 53 were taken through the search for agric information on.
  12. 12. Mobile Library for Development
  13. 13. Development Challenges
  14. 14. Maternal Health, Northern Library
  15. 15. Health Information • Register interested expectant mothers through partner facilities/Clinics/hospitals • Send SMS each week to 200 expectant mothers/fathers (directly or indirectly) • Organise knowledge sharing platforms for non literate expectant mothers.
  16. 16. Face-to-Face Information Sharing @ Northern Regional Library
  17. 17. Maternal Mortality Information for Communities Your growing baby needs plenty of iron. Make sure you eat meat, lentils, beans or chickpeas every day, and take your iron supplement.
  18. 18. Contacts • Kafui Prebbie, CEO TechAide www.techaide.net | kafui@techaide.net

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