The Western region has won the Ghana Library Authority’s maiden National Reading competition organised in Accra.

The region was represented by Samira Labram and Kwabena Osei from Tessark Preparatory School in Takoradi.

Western region beat their contenders with 71.5 points, while the Greater Accra region represented by Theodora Ackon Mensah and Jill Kukua Donkor came 2nd with 63 points.

The competition which falls under the Reading Festival of the authority held across the country was part of the objective, to promote literacy and lifelong learning. 

Western region wins reading competition

Since the beginning of the year, Reading Competitions were organized among basic schools in all regions where schools competed on a district and regional level.

The grand finale in Accra brought together 22 regional winners to compete for the coveted National prize. 

In a welcome address, the Acting Executive Director of the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA), Hayford Siaw, highlighted some of the key achievements chalked in the Year of reading as a result of interventions like reading competitions and other related programs, which have created awareness on the existence of libraries across the country. 

He noted that “the library has steadily recorded increase in patronage in its facilities across the country, from 72,5751 in 2018 to over 1,000,000 in 2019 and has increased library membership by 91 per cent this year.”

Western region wins reading competition

He added, “we have increased access points to the public by adding on 9 more public libraries this year and have renovated 22 libraries, among them, include Tema, Bolgatanga, Tamale and many others across the country.

“This has restored the beauty of the once dilapidated library structures making it more conducive for reading and learning.”   

The competition, held at the forecourt of the Authority’s head office, was in three parts; 1st and 2nd Preliminary sections and the final quiz competition. The winners of the two preliminary quizzes later competed for the grand prize.

Representatives of both the Western and Greater Accra Regions, who came first and second respectively, were awarded cash prizes and all contestants, were given one-year free library subscription.

Mr Siaw congratulated the winners and urged all contestants to continue reading for the development of the country.

Western region wins reading competition

He noted that Ghana Library Authority has added over 200,000 books to its stock and advised parents and guardians, “to bring your children/wards to the libraries, register them and make good use of the books available.”

The occasion also presented an opportunity for the Executive Director to reward the Eastern Regional Library and Akim Oda Branch Library as best Regional Library and Branch Library in the country respectively.

Other activities that took place included poetry recitals, cultural displays, exhibitions and a performance by GhLA’s Year of Reading Ambassador, DJ Switch.

The National Reading Festival will be an annual programme to encourage reading among Ghanaians, especially children.