The International Conference of African Librarians opened in the Ghanaian capital, Accra on Monday (22 September) to discuss the future of library systems throughout Africa.
GV exterior Kwame Nkrumah Conference centre (mute).
SV interior Mrs. Ademola and Colonel Nyante taking seats (mute)
SV audience seated (mute).
CU Colonel Nyante speaking (speech continues over shots of audience) (9 shots).
TRANSCRIPT: NYANTE: "Each year, in most of our countries, out educational systems produce large numbers of young boys and girls who have completed their first cycle education. Most of these people will have no other opportunity of continuing with their formal education for the rest of their lives. Yet if these people a re not soon afterwards to revert to illiteracy, they must have the means for continuing s elf-education. This they can only do if t hey have access to suitable reading material. With the rising cost of books, it is too much to expect a middle school lever to spend any appreciable portion of his wages on reading material, apart from newspapers and occasional glossy magazines. If they a re to get good books to road, they can only get them from our public library service. I will therefore urge you, in talking about the provision of public services, to keep the needs of this large urban readership in mind."
This film includes part of Colonel Nyante's opening speech. A transcript follows:
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Background: The International Conference of African Librarians opened in the Ghanaian capital, Accra on Monday (22 September) to discuss the future of library systems throughout Africa.
The conference -- sponsored by the Ghana Library Board, the Ghana Library Association and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)-- has drawn delegates from Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya and Sierra Leone.e
Opening the five-day session, Ghana's Commissioner from Education and Culture, Colonel E.O. Nyante told delegates that the aim of the conference was to discuss methods of improving and developing library services to consolidate the great steps forward in education in Africa. "The development of our cultures must be accompanied by the development of our languages and literature, and you -- as librarians -- must lend your support to this venture," he said.
Library development in Africa began a little over 25 years ago.