Meet Frank Dugasseh, a participant in the 2014 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Frank started the first ever Mobile Library Service (MLS) in Northern Ghana with 5 story books on a bicycle after his National Service in 2007. Through social media and families he collected over 2000 reading materials and funding to purchase a van to reach more in the rural communities. In 2011 he founded the Wechiau Community Library in Wa to augment MLS.
The library has been transformed into a self-sustaining social enterprise, which is improving the level of literacy and numeracy of people in rural communities. Currently the library has a collection of over 3,000 reading materials and serves close to 1,500 children in 5 districts across the Upper West Region. The library’s inclusive approach welcomes the visually impaired with appropriate materials, and gathers over 400 annually for the regional spelling bee.
Frank currently works with Anglogold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited (AGAMal) as a District Operations Manager for Garu-Tempane in the Upper East Region. He holds Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Technology from the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale.