Booksville

A Problem Worth Solving

Out of about 30 million people, Ghana has only 61 functioning Public libraries. Which means that approximately 492,000 people share one public library. Most of these libraries are located in the developed towns of the country which means that the average child in Ghana does not have access to good reading materials or story books. Neither does it have the resources to develop good literacy skills.  There are also a lot more children who are simply not interested in reading. This creates a gap in knowledge for children of school going age. A child’s reading comprehension and ability to think critically is important for the development of the child and the society as a whole.

There is an inadequate number of libraries in Ghana and a general lack of motivation in children to read.

Our Proposed Solution

Our proposed solution is to inculcate good reading habits and critical thinking skills into children from the ages of seven to fifteen. The Booksville project provides these children with books that are specially chosen and handpicked according to their ages and their needs. It would help them become innovative thinkers and problem solvers for a society that needs change.

To provide an average child in Ghana with the books it needs to develop intellectually.

How Booksville Works

Before actively rolling out the project in any school or society, the Booksville team would organize seminars and workshops to educate the participants (children), teachers and parents on how to effectively use each method so that each party is well aware of the various roles they play. 

We use:

  • Star/ Reward Charts
  • Think Sheets 
  • Peer Evaluation
  • School Assessment 
  • Writing Competitions
  • Book Discussions 

Our Social Impact

The ability of each child we work with to apply what they learn and practicalize it will be the means by which we measure the social impact of the project. It would be on a case by case basis and would be gradual. As long as the children progress in their academics, literacy and critical thinking abilities, we would be able to evaluate the quality of the project and determine whether or not it needs to be adjusted to have a better impact.