STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL BOOK AND READING POLICY (NBRP)

STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL BOOK AND READING POLICY (NBRP)

On Friday, 15th October 2021, the Ghana Book Development Council (GBDC), in collaboration with the National Development and Planning Commission (NDPC) and the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA), organised a stakeholder consultation as part of developing a National Book and Reading Policy. This stakeholder consultation is the first of other consultations to be held. The event was held at the Conference Centre, Tertiary Education Complex, East Legon.

This stakeholder consultation recorded representatives from institutions and associations such as:

  • Ministry of Education (MOE)
  • National Development and Planning Commission (NDPC)
  • Ghana Book Development Council (GBDC)
  • Ghana Library Authority (GhLA)
  • National Council for Curriculum & Assessment (NaCCA)
  • Complementary Education Agency (CEA)
  • Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL)
  • Ghana Education Service (GES)
  • Bureau of Ghana Languages (BGL)
  • Ghana Publishers Association (GPA)
  • Ghana Association of Writers (GAW)
  • Ghana Printers and Paper Converters Association (GPPCA)
  • National Booksellers Association (NBA)
  • Department of Publishing Studies, KNUST
  • Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana
  • Copyright Office
  • CopyGhana
  • Ghana Book Trust
  • PEN International, Ghana
  • Worldreader Ghana

A presentation on the “Concept Note on the National Book and Reading Policy” was made by the Executive Director of GBDC, Ms. Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura. In her presentation, she explained the background and the need for a holistic and comprehensive national policy that would address issues pertaining to books and reading in the country. She also highlighted some challenges affecting the local book industry and reading, and how the National Book and Reading Policy would address the issues.

Another presentation on “Overview of the National Public Policy Formulation Guidelines” was delivered by Mr. Edward Bruce-Lyle, the Development Policy and Planning Analyst at NDPC. He explained to the audience the background of the National Public Policy Formulation Guidelines, public policy formulation process, and the steps and format for a policy.

An open forum, facilitated by Mr. Winfred Nelson, Chief Analyst at NDPC was held after the presentation. This session gave stakeholders the platform to express their opinions, suggestions and concerns, and what they wish the NBRP should address.

For further enquiries on the National Book and Reading Policy, contact 0303936871/0302964455 or submit any comment or suggestions to info@gbdc.gov.gh.