In the early hours of Sunday March 14, 2021, attention was drawn to yet another book which sought to present an insidious profiling of Ewes, a protest commenced demanding for the burning of all such bigoted educational materials and a campaign was themed around the hashtags #BurnTheBooks and #EwesDeserveRespect.
One of the lead advocates, Mr Edem Agbana , contacted the management of Badu Nkansah Books, one of the Publishers of the bigoted books. He demanded an unqualified apology from the company to all Ghanaians in general, and Ewes in particular. He also demanded a withdrawal of all such books in circulation.
Other interested groups and associations, chiefly, the Volta Region Students’ Association ( VORSA), the Anlo Youth Council and the Voltarians in Diaspora decided to join the efforts to have demands met.
The Volta MPs Caucus, the Regional House of Chiefs and other prominent individuals had interactions with the leadership of the Campaign and demonstrated their preparedness to engage the relevant authorities on the matter.
Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa also joined the advocacy by summoning the Minister of Education to answer an urgent question in parliament on the issue.
As announced, a picket was made, briefly at the premises of the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education, the press were briefed about the concerns and unwavering demands. Mr Bright Atsu Agbetsise, President of VORSA -UG also spoke on behalf of Students from the Volta Region.
According to reports the planned symbolic burning of the books was putted on hold, due to counsel and admonition from chiefs and elders, who have assured that, they are in talks with the stakeholders to have insidious contents expunged from the books before circulating to the market.
Multiple press statements from NaCCA was also sighted promising to withdraw all the bigoted books in circulation, it has been confirmed from sources that the publishers are withdrawing all such books from the market and hence this very development will be monitored keenly by the Campaigners around the books and they plan to ensure that the offensive books do not find space in the educational sector.
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