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Dialogue of African Partners:
Book Programs in the New Century

Dialogue of African Partners

Miklin Hotel, Accra, Ghana
7-11 January, 2002

Accra Declaration and "Best Practices" for Book Donations

During the final session of the conference, Sabre's African partners resolved to draft two working documents. The Accra Declaration (currently available in draft form) outlines the lack of availability of affordable, high-quality educational materials in Africa and proposes a series of practical measures which Sabre and its African partners can adopt in helping to ameliorate this situation.

As a natural follow-on from the Accra Declaration, the Best Practices memorandum (available soon) provides a set of guidelines aimed at helping US and other western book donors to operate well thought out, appropriate and demand-driven programs. The poor quality of materials received through ill-conceived book donation efforts was one of the main talking points of the Accra meeting.

Conference Agenda

Monday, January 7

Opening Ceremonies

  1. Arrival of Invited Guests
  2. Opening Prayer
  3. Introduction of Chairman, Guest Speaker and other dignitaries
  4. Chairman's Response
  5. Welcome Address
  6. Keynote Address, representative for Professor Ameyaw-Akumfi, Minister of Education
  7. Solidarity Messages
  8. Chairman's Remarks
  9. Vote of Thanks
  10. Closing Prayer

Panel 1

Partners' presentations
Eritrea Ghana Liberia Niger
Sierra Leone Somalia Tanzania Uganda

Site visits: Ghana Book Trust
University of Ghana, Balme Library

Tuesday, January 8

Panel 2

Sabre Book Donation Programs in Africa: History and Practices
Colin McCullough, Book Donations Manager

Panel 3

Perception of Book Donations to Africa:
"View from the Library"
Richard Arkaifie, University of Cape Coast
"View from the Classroom"
Joseph Jecty Asare, Headmaster, Presby Boys School

Panel 4

Indigenous Publishing: Options and Challenges
Yvonne Appiah, Executive Director, CODE
Eric Ofei, Afram Publications, Ghana

Wednesday, January 9

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Thursday, January 10

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Friday, January 11

Panel 5

Robert Amoako, Executive Director, Ghana Book Trust

Panel 6

Moving Forward

Database Presentation
Ray Gillespie, Sabre Foundation


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