The project, which aims at enhancing educational support in rural communities, will also facilitate the creation of reading clubs in beneficiary communities and reading competition among children in the beneficiary presbyteries.
Mr Emmanuel Ankamah, NGO Coordinator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) who explained the project at the inauguration ceremony said a small wooden cabinet containing not less than 200 books that addressed the needs of children at all levels of education and teachers would be distributed to six presbyteries.
The beneficiary presbyteries are Northern, Upper East, Sekyere, Sefwi and Asante South, will be given one each of the small cabinet to be given to Presbyterian schools in the district and children in the communities encouraged to borrow the books to read or come together to encourage reading.
Mr Ankamah said so far 9,903 children have benefited from rural mobile library project in the Western, Central, Volta, Asante Akyem and Asante Presbyteries.
He said some beneficiary schools that use to record zero per cent in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) now recorded more than 50 per cent.
He said the Presbyterian Church would organise a national reading competition for beneficiary presbyteries and the overall winner given an educational scholarship and encouraged beneficiary presbyteries to organise reading competitions at the presbytery level.
The Presbyterian Relief Services and Development is a non- governmental unit of the Presbyterian Church committed to providing relief and humanitarian services to Ghanaians.
The Reverend Daniel Edmund Kofi Asante, Director in charge of Development and Social Services of the Presbyterian Church, said the rural mobile project also aimed at bridging the knowledge gap between children in the rural areas and those in the cities.
The rural mobile library project will also promote reading among children in deprived communities, he said and noted that so far beneficiary children have shown great improvement in their reading habit and they do better in the BECE.
“We have done an initial impact assessment and the result have been very positive,” he added and urged beneficiary presbyteries to show interest in the project and if possible organise annual reading competitions in the presbyteries.
Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church who inaugurated the project said the church was passionate about disseminating knowledge in an innovative manner and the rural mobile library was one such example.
“The Presbyterian Church was the first to begin formal education in Ghana and is keen on providing quality education especially to help children in rural areas come at par with their colleagues in the cities or urban areas.”
With more support, the church can reach out to more communities in need of the rural mobile library, he said, pointing out that the project would not benefit only Presbyterians but all Ghanaians in the beneficiary communities.
He called on the church to support the project with prayers and expressed gratitude to EPP Books Services, Adwinsa Publication, Step Publication, SEDCO Publishers, PCG Press and the church for supporting the project.
The Moderator called on Ghanaians to support the laudable project.
Two people from different beneficiary communities testified positively about the project, saying, it has helped improve and enhance education in various communities.