Accra named UNESCO World Book Capital 2023
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has named Accra (Ghana) UNESCO’s World Book Capital for 2023, following an assessment by the Advisory Committee of the World Book Capital.
After Guadalajara (Mexico) in 2022, the city of Accra was selected for its strong focus on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana. The program offered by Accra seeks to use the power of books to engage these young people, as an effective way to train the next generation.
The city proposed to the committee a broad program that targets marginal groups with high levels of illiteracy, including women, young people, migrants, street children and people with disabilities. The measures to be implemented include strengthening school and community infrastructure and institutional support for lifelong learning, in order to promote the culture of reading. By championing the publishing sector and other creative industries, the program also aims to encourage the development of professional skills to stimulate the socio-economic transformation of the country.
Activities will include introducing mobile libraries to reach marginalized groups, organizing workshops to promote reading and writing books in different Ghanaian languages, establishing skills and training centers for unemployed youth. and the organization of competitions to present Ghanaian arts and culture. and promote inclusiveness.
Accra’s candidacy also includes a strong human rights dimension, which aims to raise public awareness of freedom of information and expression, building on its own promotion of these rights as well as its involvement in World Day. freedom of the press.
The year of celebration will begin on April 23, 2023, on World Book and Copyright Day.
Cities designated as UNESCO’s Book Capital of the World undertake to promote books and reading for all ages and all population groups, within and beyond national borders, and to organize a program activities for the year.