A consortium of partners comprising Fraunhofer, Microsoft, VPWA and YCWL has met in Accra to make the first public presentation of the Street Library App to selected Cultural Entrepreneurs. The meeting which was hosted by VPWA Ghana was the first of the planned public presentations in Africa. The second will take place in Yaounde, Cameroon on June 3rd.
The Street Library project which is a supported by ACP Cultural Sector support programme with funding from the European Union is in the second year of its implementation and has already witnessed great success. Over 12,000 children in Africa are now experiencing a variety of services offered within the scope of this project, which include a mobile library service for rural children on the continent, among other offers. The management App is helping managers of Street Library to manage the network of libraries efficiently, whilst Entrepreneurs are also finding a new means of distributions of their works.
Among the participants included in the workshop was the Associated Africultures.
Participants of the event lauded the project and were thrilled about how the App will enhance research on culture and traditions.
Here are what some of the invited participants had to say regarding the ACP SL Project:
“The Project is really going to help a lot, especially in the remote areas”.
“The app is really wonderful!”
“It will enhance my research on culture and traditions”.
Miguel Sales Dias, Director of Microsoft’s R&D unit in Portugal and Gifty Akuamoah of the University of Ghana showcased to the participants the first Text to Speech Akan synthetic voice to the amazement of participants. This resource which will be incorporated in the Street Library App will be the first Ghanaian language to be synthesized for voice recognition in a mobile App.
Hayford Siaw, President of Street Library Ghana thanked the ACP Secretariat and the European Commission for supporting the project to grow on the continent and to expose children to culturally, relevant and appropriate resources in pursuit of their literacy skills and education.