Samantha Boateng, a 16-year-old Ghanaian based in the US, has built a library for the Gbawe cluster of schools in Accra.
Samantha, with support from her mum and a project team from the New School of Northern Virginia, USA, stocked the library with 14,000 books.
The move forms part of the teenager’s dream to breed the next generation of readers through reading and it was powered by her organisation, Read2Lead.
“This library is for this community. I am happy we have been able to build it within this short time. I didn’t make it for myself or gain anything from it. I just want to encourage all the kids to use this library as much as possible.
“Come here after school and anytime. Use the computers and research and read for fun. All the books are for the kids, and I will be happy if they take full advantage of this,” Samantha said at the opening of the facility.
Samantha, who is said to have won 10 scholarships to attend college in the US, plans to help build a library every year in different communities of the country to improve education standards.
“This is to help kids become leaders through reading. We want the community to embrace this idea, that reading changes lives and the future of children. This should be a sanctuary for them,” she said.
Beneficiary schools of the library have reportedly promised to put the library to good use.