WELCOME TO NON-FORMAL EDUCATION DIVISION
The success of programme activities implementation and management, especially, field projects emanate from planned and thoroughly designed schedule of monitoring and evaluation.
It always presents a challenge, when the need arises for monitoring to be carried out or scaled up without vehicles to travel across the country.
The Fleet of the Division has broken down beyond repair leaving the Division with limited movement in the Regions, Metropolitans, Municipals and Districts of the country. This has thereby restricted the monitoring of programmes across the country.
Therefore, the presentation of the five Isuzu Pick-up vehicles to the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) by the Ministry of Education came as a relief and a stitch that saved the monitoring aspect of the organization.
A sigh of relief is here carried by these Isuzu Pick-ups. Though five are severally inadequate, bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
The Division is future-full-of-hope that the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh will extend further support to augment the fleet in all the Regions for effective monitoring.
NON-FORMAL EDUCATION DIVISION TRANSFORMS INTO ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION AGENCY.
The Agency will be responsible for implementing a national alternative education strategy to handle the educational needs of Ghanaians outside the formal education system to complement the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme.
This was in a speech read on behalf of Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, the Minister of Education, to mark the 2018 International Literacy Day in Accra, on the theme: “Empowerment Through Literacy and Skills Development.”
The event was supported by Ecobank and Mondelez International.
The Minister said under the Alternative Education Framework, government would roll out a functional basic literacy programme equivalent to primary three, targeting youth and adult non-literates, school drop-outs and neo-literates.
“The framework will have an occupational skills development programme for jobless adults, where target groups would have the opportunity to acquire a Diploma Certificate in Entrepreneurship, and a complementary basic education focusing on out-of-school children between six and 14 years,” he added.
Dr Opoku-Prempeh added that the framework would include remedial classes for junior and senior high school graduates unsuccessful in their respective examinations, offering them opportunity to re-sit and continue with their educational aspirations.
He said the framework would encapsulate Ghana General Education Diploma for mature entrants of universities, where the Agency would collaborate with the West African Examinations Council and the Universities to conduct a standardized diploma certificate to be accepted for entry to all the universities.
He said UNESCO records showed that 260 million children and adolescents world-wide are not in school, 617 million children do not have the minimum skills in literacy and numeracy while 750 million young people and adults cannot read and write.
Dr Opoku-Prempeh said it was imperative to revitalise functional literacy and alternative education to deliver the thousands of people around the world who lagged behind due to illiteracy.
The Minister said it was prudent to align literacy to the prevailing lifetime needs of non-literates, semi-literates and the functional literate in a particular location to close the literacy gap and increase learners’ ability to contribute effectively in the globalised world.
Mr Francis Asumadu, the Acting Director of Non-Formal Education Division, Ministry of Education, said there were 45,800 learners in 1,832 classes in the English programme, with 19,750 learners in 790 classes for the local languages.
He called for collective efforts in programme design and implementation to seek a perfect tailoring of literacy and skills development to create knowledge and competencies in industry and career development.
the Acting Director said the Division would continue to execute its mandate of offering quality functional literacy and skills development services to the Ghanaian youth and adults in 15 Ghanaian Languages and in English.
Dr Edward Botchwey, the Acting Managing Director, Ecobank Ghana, said the Bank recognised the importance of non-formal education because of its contribution to ensuring equal access to education and eradicating illiteracy among adults.
He said Ecobank had invested 1.8 million cedis on various activities in the country including education and would continue to support non-formal programmes for quality teaching and learning.
“Ecobank is an advocate for quality education because non-formal education establishes strategies that are easily compatible with reality. Our partnership is to enrich the educational content in the area of financial literacy,” he said.
NFED LEARNERS GRADUATED AT WEIJA-GBAWE MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY.
Four hundred and thirty-eight (438) Non-Formal Education Learners have graduated at the Weija/Gbawe Municipality in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The English Batch 7 and Local languages Batch 21 learners are made up of three hundred and fifty-eight (358) females and eighty (80) males who graduated on the 16th November, 2018 in the basic reading, writing and numeracy in the administrative regions of Weija, Kofikwei, Obom, Fantemayira, Omankope and Nsuobri at Weija/Gbawe Municipality in Greater Accra.
The Municipal Assembly Co-ordinator, Mr. Victor Ahianu appealed to the Government, the Municipal Assembly Chief Executive and all stake holders to help equip the office with logistics such as motorcycles and vehicles to enable staff embark on effective supervision of classes within the municipality. He said the Division is also highly in need of computers to establish training centres for learners training and administrative use.
He also appealed to honourable assembly members to talk to their constituents’ non-literates to enrol in literacy classes.
He thanked the head of the Municipal Assembly and the entire staff for the diverse support they continue to give to the NFED’s literacy activities in the Municipality.
Awards of different categories were presented to the deserving graduates who were advised to put their skills into practice.
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