Synopsis for Read2Skill

Ghana Library Authority, an agency under the Ministry of Education is mandated by Act 327 of 1970 to establish, equip, maintain and manage public libraries in Ghana.

The vision of the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) is to connect every Ghanaian to knowledge resources.

The mission is to be a leading knowledge services hub in the sub region by connecting all citizenry to knowledge resources to radically improve literacy and development outcomes which transforms lives and communities.

In line with our vision of connecting every Ghanaian to knowledge resources,the Ghana Library Authority has signed a partnership with Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) to roll out online learning for skills acquisition in Ghana.

Commonwealth of Learning is the world’s only inter-governmental organizationand is solely concerned with:

  • The promotion and development of distance education
  • The promotion and development of open learning

The project, named“Read2Skill” and will offer scholarship to one thousand (1000) Ghanaians in its first year through a competitive application process. The Read2Skill forms part of GhLA’s technology strategy to radically connect Ghanaians to learning resources through online learning platforms.

Other commonwealth countries to benefit from this scholarship opportunity include:

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Bangladesh

The courses will be offered on the digital learning platform called Udemy. The objective of the course is:

  • To provide a platform for self-paced learning for skill enhancement
  • To build the human capital capacity of target group to use remote learning
  • To prepare candidates for the job market or for self-employment

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Read2skill?

Read2Skill is an online learning project by the Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) to offer opportunities for Ghanaians to acquire new skills through online learning on Udemy.

2. What is Udemy?

Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 100,000 courses in a vast range of subjects.

3. What is Commonwealth of Learning?

Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) is the world’s only intergovernmental organization solely concerned with the promotion and development of distance education and open learning. It is hosted by the Government of Canada and headquartered in Burnaby, Canada.

4. How many courses are available?

The subject areas include Data Science, Cloud Computing, Project Management, IT Operations, Design, Finance and Accounting, Human Resource, Leadership and Management, Office Productivity, Marketing and Sales and many others.

 5. How can I apply?

You can apply online via www.ghanalibrary.org/read2skill. You can visit any of our Regional Libraries across the country and also be assisted by our Read2Skill Coordinators.

6. Who qualifies?

Any Ghanaian above 15 who wants to acquire skills through online learning.  They include but not limited to:

  • Unemployed graduates in search of skills
  • Informal and formal sector employees
  • Professionals
  • High school graduates
  • University students

 7. Does my application guarantee enrolment?

No. Enrollment would be based on ‘first come first served.’ Only shortlisted applicants would be contacted.

8. Where will the training take place?

All learning will take place online.

9. When will the application be opened?

Applications would be opened on 1st January and end on 31st January, 2020.

 10. What is the duration for the project?

      Read2skill is a yearlong project. However, the duration of each course differs.

 11. Can I read more than one course?

 Yes. You can even read more than one course at a go. For Instance, you can read Project Management and Digital Marketing within the same period.

12. Will certificates be awarded at the end of the programme?

Yes, certificates would be awarded after each course.

13. Is this open to just Ghanaians? Can foreigners living in Ghana apply? 

No. The scholarship opportunity is opened to just Ghanaian nationals.

14. Do I have to pay?

Enrolling a course on Udemy through Ghana Library Authority is fully paid for by the Commonwealth of Learning. However, you are responsible for your internet expenses to access the course online.