WELCOME TO NON-FORMAL EDUCATION DIVISION
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY, 2019
Sunday 8th September 2019 is International Literacy Day (ILD). The day has been celebrated annually, sincethe first in 1966. This year’s durbar marking the day has been scheduled to take place on Monday 9th September 2019 at the Ghana National Association of Teachers’ (GNAT) Hall, Amakom, Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional and Metropolitan capital. The change in date is for convenience and active participation of collaborators and institutions. This year’s celebration comes through collaboration amongst the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED), Engage Now Africa (ENA) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). There will be other Regional Durbars to observe the day across the country. A detailed report on the celebrations will dully be posted here.
ILD has always looked at the multiplier effect of literacy, which sought to empower people, especially, the vulnerable to enable them to participate fully in society and contribute to improved livelihood. Hence, literacy is not only seen as a tool for socio-economic transformation but, as an enabler and a game-changer in the liberation of the marginalized of society.
The Day always puts forward a theme that determines the direction and action of authorities, institutions and countries. This year’s global celebration is themed “Literacy and Multilingualism” It looks at the critical role language plays in the daily lives of people, not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory.
The Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) has over the years derive from the global theme a country related one. Therefore, the country-specific theme for ILD, 2019 is “Protecting and Preserving our indigenous languages through Literacy” By this global theme, institutions and countries are urged to work hard to prevent the disappearance of indigenous languages and promote same through literacy. The penultimate of every culture is language. Therefore, the disappearance of indigenous languages amounts to the extinction of our unique diversified cultures.
The Division operates with fifteen (15) Ghanaian languages plus the English language in all the previous 10, and now 16 Regions. These are captured in books; we call Primers. Some of these languages are Kusaal, Gonja, Asante Twi, Fanti, Akuapem Twi, Ga Dangme, Grunne, Ewe etc. Learners are taking through these Primers to ensure they can read and write their local language before the introduction of the English language. This is a strategy to protect, project, promote and preserve indigenous language usage and offer it a live wire.
Additionally, Complementary Basic Education (CBE) is a catch-up intervention programme for children between the ages of 8 to 14, who could not get early childhood education and many of such have missed primary school. Therefore, CBE is a remedial strategy, which takes these children through their mother-tongue for nine months before assessment for onward transitioning to primary 3 or 4. This is also another means of getting the younger generation to learn their indigenous languages at an early stage in life.
The above are means of a relentless drumbeat of protecting and preserving our indigenous languages from extinction. These actions should receive unrestrained support from corporate entities to breathe life into the activities of the Non-Formal Education Division of the Ministry of Education. Partnering with the Division to transform the lives of the vulnerable is an understanding of the deeper promptings of the enormous expression of hope that education brings. Because, literacy is not only a tool for social transformation but, an alternative moral compass of life. Remembering that, we are only as good as the people that we have around us. Hence, prioritizing education for the hope it brings, whenever possible is not only a brave and bold thing to do but, eminently reasonable.
Edward Everett once, observed, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success” As a country with an institution with such farther reach, we need to come together to collaborate to help touch and transform many lives.
We are grateful to entities and development partners, which has been supportive of our programmes, especially, the media.
Happy International Literacy Day, 2019 to you all in the Metropolitans, Municipals and Districts, as well as the many institutions in literacy provision. Let’s together work in close concert to protect our indigenous languages.
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.
The Band includes – Highlife, Calypso, Francophone, Soka, Lover’s Rock, Hip life, Reggae, Salsa, Dancehall, and Jazz. We equally entertain and educate our audience with spectacular drama and musical performances.In addition, the band composes theme songs for various occasions, provided there is prior notice of twenty one (21) days to the occasion. The Band also has a theatre group that enacts sketches on developmental issues on Health, Education, Environment and Civic responsibilities etc. Dates to be announced.