When the pandemic forced Ghana’s schools and libraries to close, it was devastating for young people like Maame. She worried that without the opportunity to read and learn, her future would be put at risk.
Maame is 17 and lives in Koforidua, Ghana. She told us she has high ambitions and dreams of being a Lawyer.
Being a lawyer has always been my dream. I want to be a voice for the voiceless and to defend their rights.
Maame also explained how going to the library to read books when she was younger was the gateway to her dreams.
My mum would bring me to the library, since then I’ve been reading storybooks, books about law and textbooks. It’s really helped me a lot.
For Maame and many other students, lockdown provided challenging circumstances to study. In addition, as Covid worsens poverty, girls are most at risk of never returning to school, forced instead to take on extra care-giving responsibilities or begin working.
“Because of lockdown I haven’t read enough books. There are a lot of distractions at home and I have few books.”
But with help from our supporters, Book Aid International aims to send 115,000 more books to Ghana next year, reaching thousands of young people like Maame who need access to books to pursue their dreams.