The majority of children in Ghana attend basic schools, where access to reading material is limited. Children in these schools are not able to experience the joy of reading and this accounts for their poor reading skills. Reading integrated in the learning programs of children helps in developing self-discipline, good judgment and a sense of responsibility. Good reading skills is a prerequisite to learning more advanced skills like decision-making and engaging in the community. Reading is progressive so the more books children read, the better they get at reading.
A group of literacy-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) come together each year to hold a Reading Fair. These NGOs are GBT, Biblionef Ghana, Children’s Literature Foundation and FRAKO Initiative. The Reading Fair is held in a selected district in a different region of Ghana each year based on agreed criteria. The Reading Fair is a two-day, fun–packed event of book-based activities for children from kindergarten to junior high school level. Books are donated to the libraries of the schools that participate in the Reading Fairs.
The Consortium was formed in 2015 and has since then organised the Reading Fair in the Volta, Greater Accra and Central Regions. In 2020, the Reading Fair is to be held in the Eastern Region.