Ghana Library Authority wins 2021 United Nations Public Service Awards

The United Nations has recognized the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) for the good work done in the new technological tool; Hands-on Mobile ICT Class; a project which seeks to drive technological education. The program was hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates. (UAE).

They were ten recognized initiatives, GhLA inclusive, by public institutions that were honored.

GhLA is the second oldest government institution founded in 1950 by the Act of Parliament of Ghanain the category of ‘Fostering Innovation to deliver Inclusive and equitable services for digital transformation

The 2021 United Nations Public Service Awards ceremony under the theme “Innovating the Future Public Service: New Government Models for a New Era to Reach the Sustainable Development Goals”, was co-organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The UNPSA is an international body of excellence that rewards creative achievements and contributions to public institutions, leading to a more effective and responsive administration worldwide. GhLA is the first public sector institution to win an award for Ghana

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In his remarks after the award, Mr. Hayford Siaw, the Executive Director of the Ghana Library Authority stated, “Information Communication Technology (ICT) has become one of the important areas to invest in and recognizing its worth, we at Ghana Library Authority are meeting the needs of the less privileged learners by taking digitization to their doorstep. This award is because of significant impact and success among beneficiaries of the project”
“The Ghana Library Authority has been working to promote digital literacy outside the brick-and-mortar environment; hence, we are not limiting ourselves to only the physical library space but rather aiming to connect Ghanaians to knowledge resources through every possible means. Hands-on Mobile ICT class is one of such”, Mr. Siaw emphasized.


The Board Chairperson of GhLA, Dr. Helena Asamoah-Hassan expressed gratitude to all stakeholders for their support to GhLA for it to reach this level of recognition.

This award by the United Nations comes on the back of a similar recognition by the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards earlier in the year as the ‘2021 Library of the Year’.

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