The Digital Reading Summit, a two-day summit organized by Worldreader came to a glorious end at the Alisa Hotel in Accra on Thursday, 20th April 2017.
Talented rapper, Kwame Nsiah-Apau popularly known as Okyeame Kwame closed the ceremony with a wonderful presentation that thrilled and encouraged the participants.
According to him, reading has made him successful as a musician.
“My mentor taught me how to read and rap at the same time. At the time he had taught me rap, he had also opened my mind to the world through reading all kind of materials.” He said
Participants of the summit were taken through various sessions that were aimed at promoting Digital Reading in Ghana and West Africa as a whole by giving them the requisite skills they need.
Optimizing Published Materials
Publishing an eBook doesn’t end at making the material available. Various optimization processes must be followed in order to make the material more visible to users.
Darina Lucheva, a Digital Production Manager with Worldreader took publishers through various processes of optimizing their materials.
Speaking to the publishers, she said “The more comprehensive your metadata, the greater the chance of being recommended to search engines.”
Financial Support and Sustainability
Digital reading projects are very costly. Hence, a lot of work must go into the mobilization of funds for a project.
Samuel Alomenu, a Partnership Development Specialist with Worldreader took the Project Managers through the various steps of getting support for their projects and reaching out to potential donors.
“You need to develop the people skill. Sometimes, philanthropists look at your smile, the way you speak… and give you the support you need” he said.
Joseph Botwe, the Publisher and Author Relations with Worldreader encouraged authors to use data gathered from Worldreader to inform the creation of the content of their books.
The summit themed “The Power of Digital Learning: How communities are harnessing mobile technology and digital reading to promote continuous learning.” was aimed at bringing various stakeholders including teachers and publishers to focus on the power of mobile phones for education and content availability.