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Mobile network operator Tigo Ghana, in partnership with social enterprise Street Library Ghana, has established a mobile digital library to boost digital inclusion for children in rural Ghana. But the library is actually the interior of a van fitted with tables, chairs and laptops. It also holds a mobile extension that can be set up outside the van to cater for more children.

The project’s major goal is to encourage children to read, a key reason for the mobility of the library. Previously, hard copy books were transported (by Street Library Ghana) in mini-vans for the same reason. “With this innovation we have taken the project a step further,” Gifty Bingley, Head of Tigo’s Corporate Social Responsibility unit, said. “We have digitized the books, they will also have a hands-on experience with the computers and the digital experience will be the same for every community we visit.”

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“Children in rural Ghana will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this pioneering project,” said Hayford Siaw, founder of Street Library Ghana. Hayford noted that offering children from rural communities a shot at obtaining a decent education digitally has become the focal point of many philanthropic organisations. “It will go a long way to support digital inclusion. Even though children in rural Ghana study ICT as a core subject, several of them have neither seen nor touched a computer. I look forward to introducing them to the computers and going through the downloaded books.”

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