CESRUD/FAVL Ghana Librarians reports for May 2019

From Paul Ayutoliya: Patronage for the three community libraries was good for the month of May. Pupils/students especially the BECE (Basic Education Certificate Examination) candidates were the most frequent users; the candidates used the libraries to prepare themselves towards their first external exams that were schedule to start on 10th June 2019. The season played a role in the rise in attendance. The rains did not come as expected. Sowing began in May last year, this year however the rains did not rain enough in May, and so sowing was delayed, so patrons had the opportunity to visit the libraries due to the delayed planting season. Other activities recorded during the month include; story reading and discussions in groups, individual reading, riddles and poems, games and movies shows, cleanup exercise among others. The statistics of attendances are shown in the table.

May 2019 attendance figures Ghana


Jordan-Nu Community Library in Ghana

Paul Ayutoliya writes;

I have met with folks of Jordan-Nu Community Library; the Library committee and librarians early today and made a presentation of the books and remaining balance of the money to them. They expressed their sincere appreciation for the gesture. I later met with students and pupils of the White Cross Mission Junior High and Primary school and interacted with them on the importance of visiting the library to read.

Purchasing books for Jordan Nu Library

CESRUD Library coordinator Paul Ayutoliya has been in Accra this week (he graduated from Cape Coast University last week where he had been pursuing a distance-education university degree!)  Today he heads out to visit Jordan Nu Library, and he purchased about 70 books for the library, mostly Ghanaian novels and children’s books and some school books. When he returns from Jordan Nu he will purchase several hundred books to supplement the Gowrie-Kunkua and Sherigu collections.  He has also been visiting the Accra libraries supported by Osu Children’s Library Fund.

Studying for exams at Sumbrungu Community Library

Paul Ayutoliya, FAVL/CESRUD coordinator in Sumbrungu, sent us some photos of BECE candidates for 2019 studying in the Sumbrungu library. Exams start on 10th June across the country. Paul accompanied his photos with, “We wish them all the best of luck in their exams. As the Bible says ‘They that sow in tears shall reap in joy’ Psalm 126:5.”

Requests from the #Ghana libraries

The Ghana libraries are very thankful for the continuous support from FAVL and its contributors. The librarians, however, have made a few recent requests to improve library services:

  • Rechargeable lamps (no longer needed; just received in April! Read about it here)
  • Fans for the hot weather
  • Plywood sealing of the libraries to prevent dust
  • Zinc plasters before the rainy season
  • Curriculum and story books

April 2019 Report #Ghana

PaulIMG_20190426_110550 Ayuretoliya  writes: This is a brief report from CESRUD/FAVL Ghana libraries for April 2019. Patronage to all the respective three community libraries was good and encouraging, especially during the first and second weeks. Patrons and students during these weeks were revising their notes to write their end of term exams before the Easter break. Other patrons read story books in their respective libraries. As a result of the Easter holidays, the last two weeks of the month saw a steady low attendance to the libraries. However, there were a few committed patrons who visited the libraries regularly throughout the month, which was encouraging. Despite the business of the Easter festivities, the Coordinator and the librarians led a few group readings. Group reading sessions are fun, and the patrons like them. Games and movie shows were part of the activities that characterized the month of April. Additionally, the libraries at Sumbrungu and Sherigu solved the problem of darkness caused by frequent power outages. We greatly appreciate the two rechargeable lamps that were bought and given to these libraries, because now patrons can read during the night sessions whenever the power goes out. In conclusion, CESRUD/FAVL Ghana libraries are functioning well. On behalf of CESRUD/FAVL Ghana Community Libraries, I want to extend my sincere thanks to you and all the donors supporting our community libraries. Your efforts and support are putting smiles daily in the faces of the African children.

Summary of Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey

Paul Ayutoliya writes:

IMG_20190215_133844 smDetective Inspector Dawson affectionately referred to as ‘Dark’ by his lovely wife Christine sets out to unravel the mysteries surrounding the killings or murders of young teenagers in the city of Accra. Dawson was called to a scene where a dead body almost at decomposition state was discovered at the Korle Lagoon near Agbogbloshie market in the capital city of Ghana Accra. Agbogbloshie’s market was a hub for all sorts of crimes. He met some of his colleagues from the Ghana police service trying to bring the dead body out from the filthy stinking lagoon that was covered with waste of all kinds. It was difficult identifying the body right at the spot. Dawson working with the mortuary men and some friends from the media to establish that the victim died from a stabbing at the back and the victim was also identified as Musa Zakari after a girl friend (Akosua) came sobbing uncontrollable with her friend Regina with and also the DNA test confirmation. Detective Inspector Dawson asked the girls who they saw last with Musa Zakari before he went missing. The girlfriend responded by saying Musa was last seen with one Daramani who helped Musa carry some load to Maamobi, the mentioning of Daramani from Nima Maamobi sent some shock waves down the entire system of Dawson. Dawson had one ex-convict who was convicted over drugs (weed) issues as a friend, there’s a lot Dawson and Daramani share with each other in secret. Dawson fear was because he had an uncontrolled appetite for weed (he secretly smokes) which Daramani know of, he feared this secret could be revealed if something is not done quickly, Dawson tried reaching Daramani without success. In no time some rumour of conflict of interest comments were heard from some of Dawson colleagues at the service because he visited Daramani place without Seageant Chikata who obviously should have been part of that visit.

Sergeant Chikata who was lower in rank to Dawson in his quest to get to the top at all cost without wanting to pass through the right procedure saw him taking over the investigation with the support of his relative Superintendent Theoplilus Lartey. His investigation style was very shallow and lacks professionalism. All the praises shower on him (Chikata) from some colleagues, the newspapers and others turned otherwise when the DNA test on the knife he pick from Daramani room with blood stains turned out to be that of animals blood and not human. Chikata was confounded, sad, sorrowful and guilty of being disrespectful to his superior Dawson, he thought he knew better but no. Dawson continued with the investigations to find out who murdered Musa Zakari, before he could even get any meaningful information another dead body was reported at a constructions site. This dead body neck was broken with the head facing up and stomach facing down, there was a Street Children of Accra Refuge (SCOAR) card found on him bearing the name Ebenezer Sarpong. Dawson and his colleagues’ police force were becoming more worry of the number of murder cases being recorded. Detective Inspector Dawson was determined to unravel the mysteries of these unusual deaths.

Hosiah, Dawson’s son, had a hole in the heart condition and was a nightmare to Dawson, anytime Dawson thinks of his son and his condition that need urgent surgery which they were not able to afford the fees, Dawson always appear to be a restless man. But upon all these troubles, Dawson had not forgotten about Sly, the small boy that reported the death of Musa Zakari. Dawson had wanted to put Sly in a primary school but Gamel had absconded with Sly and nobody know their where about. Dawson continued the search as more crimes continued on the rise; one prostitute by name Comfort was raped, killed and dump at a refuse trash near the railway line, Dawson became more worried and wondered if the killings were for ritual purposes or a serial killer was on the loose or… what he could not tell. Dawson and Sergeant Chikata made a headway in their investigation as some of the prime suspects were arrested. Tedamm one of the notorious boy known for his cruelty was arrested with Flash a counterpart in connections with the murders, fighting and other bad related matters. Antwi and Ofuso were also questioned about what they know concerning Tedamm and Comforts death.

What a great novel it is, I am left with the third part which is the concluding part, I will let you know how this novel ends and my thoughts.

CESRUD/FAVL Ghana meeting with Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive on support for community libraries

On 30th January 2019, the executive director of CESRUD, Mr. Rex Asanga (in the picture, at right), the coordinator of CESRUD/FAVL Ghana libraries, Mr. Paul Ayutoliya, and the Upper East Regional Librarian, Mr. Leslie Kasanga (in the picture, at left) met with the Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Honourable Joseph Amiyuure (in the picture, center) at his office. The purpose was to discuss how the Municipal Assembly might support the three community libraries.

Briefing the MCE on his meeting with the Ghana Library Authority in Accra, Rex said that the Ghana Library Authority was ready to support the three community libraries but that they could only do that through the respective Assemblies; that is the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly where Sumbrungu and Sherigu community libraries are located and the Bongo District Assembly where the Gowrie-Kunkua community library is located. In others words, the respective assemblies should play some supportive roles in these libraries, taking care of the staffing for instance, and they (GhLA) could come in with say the technical assistance like training of librarians, donations of books and other learning materials. Rex noted that FAVL has been the main donor taking care of almost everything in the libraries, and CESRUD focus is on the long sustainability of the community libraries hence the search for other support.

The MCE was happy about the idea of community libraries and assured us that he will do what he can do in his capacity as the MCE to get the needed support. He suggested we could let the librarians or person who are qualified to apply for the NABCO program currently ongoing in Ghana. He also spoke about National Youth Employment (NYE) which the librarians without tertiary qualification can also try applying. He inquired to know whether there available lands to put up buildings for the Sumbrungu and Sherigu Community libraries in the future, is something he said we should be thinking towards it going into the future, and that perhaps he could factored it in the next assembly budget to see if it will go through. The MCE also suggested if we could contact the Ministry of Education to see probably if they can support in the area of infrastructure. The MCE ended by saying, we should write formally to his office of all the support that we asking for the purpose of records.

The Regional Librarian Mr. Leslie Kasanga who went with us backed us in our request for support; he told the MCE he was impressed about the respective libraries when he recently visited them for assessment purposes. He also seized the opportunity to inform the MCE of this year being declared as a year of reading and that they will be inviting him to the launching of the program in the Regional Library when the date is fixed.

It was a good meeting and FAVL and CESRUD are looking forward to more collaboration and support with the MCE!

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January update from Ghana community libraries

On the second week of January, patronage began to pick up rapidly as the basic pupils resumed school in this particular week. Serious libraries activities of reading, games and videos shows among others took off in all the three libraries. In Sumbrungu Community Library there was reading of story books, group reading with Coordinator and librarians. Some of the books read in group with patrons were ‘CHILDREN OF THE TREE’ by Meshack Asare, Jafta’s Mother by Hugh Lewin, Jafta by Hugh Lewin, Do Not Keep Quiet by Doris Owusu among others. One of our group reading books entitled, Do Not Keep Quiet by Doris Owusu, for instance is about sensitizing young people especially the girls to report anyone who tries to lure them in doing anything bad either with money or anything to their parents and to the appropriate authorities. There were a number of exciting games also during the week.

From the Sherigu Community Library, the librarian Miss Adombila also read with patrons the Literacy Change my Life Series; Diana a Hairdresser Learns to Read, I Want to Start Reading and Hanatu, a Seamstress Learns to Read. Individual reading, games and other activities were carried out also in the second and third week. It was all fun.

At the Gowrie-Kunkua Community Library, the librarian Mr. Nyaaba also read with library users the story of Kente for a King by Angela Christian. The Kente for a King is a story about the evolution of the Kente Cloth woven by the Ashanti people. There were games, cleanup exercise also during these weeks.

To conclude on recent happenings in our libraries; patronage have picked up well both daily and night sessions. We will be coming up with a number of weekly reading programs for this year 2019. The Ghana Library Authority has declared this year a year of reading; we want to work in line with this initiative of the GhLA by also making this year a year of reading also in all our community libraries.

Tour of toured the three CESRUD/FAVL Ghana community libraries

Paul Ayutoliya writes:
On Dec. 15, I toured the three CESRUD/FAVL Ghana Community Libraries with Upper East Regional Librarian, the tour was for the Regional Librarian to carry out an assessment of the libraries. We also visited the Vea Community Library in the Bongo District for the same assessment purposes.