Assosiation asked to train teachers
Dr Ephraim Avea Nsoh Wa, Oct.8, GNA – Dr Epraim Avea Nsor , the Upper West Regional Minister, has urged the Ghana Library Association (GLA) to train teachers to become information literate so that they could impart the skills learnt in that field to their students.
He said the students needed to be information literate to become life-long learners and develop special skills to be able to have credible information as not all information especially those from the Internet could be reliable.
The Regional Minster said this in a speech read on his behalf at the launch of a week -long celebration of the Library and Information week in the region at Wa on Monday.
The maiden celebration of the association would provide a platform to create awareness in improving reading habits of basic schools’ pupils and promote information literacy among adults in the country.
During the celebration, the association would hold a three-day reading clinic for selected schools in the regional library to help the pupils to acquire or improve their reading skills and to help them enjoy reading for fun.
Dr Nsor said some schools and public libraries had internet services which the students could use for purposes that are not educational such as viewing of pornographic material.
He appealed to heads of schools, libraries and parent/teacher associations to educate the students not only to refrain from engaging in such activities but go further to buy the necessary software to filter it.
‘Government money must not be used to make our libraries and schools pornographic outlets’, he said.
Dr Nsor said the library must not be seen as irrelevant by the coming into existence of the internet but rather it should be viewed as an ally or a tool in providing information to patrons.
Ms Franklina Adjoa Yeboaah, the representative of the GLA in the Region, said inculcating reading habit in the youth would not only help them to become knowledgeable, socially responsible and socially productive persons but also in their personal development.
Mr. John Bosco Kuunsana, acting Regional Librarian, said a citizen who lacked the ability to read, write, speak and compute at a certain level felt alienated from society and was faced with social and economic problems such as poverty, crime and unemployment.
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