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Government to Sustain CBE

The Hon. Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh has announced that the Ministry is committing one percent of its budget to the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme.

Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme started in 1995 with the aim of improving access to education, and more especially reduce the incidences of Out-Of-School Children (OOSC). Funding has been from donor entities. From 2012-2018 the programme reached out to about 248,056 learners out of school children with over 50 percent female participation.

The pronouncement is not only commendable by the Ministry, but, it is also an assurance that, the country is eager to get every child into school. This commitment comes at the time donor funding for CBE programme is ending.

Hon. Dr. Opoku-Prempeh made this known at a recently held Ghana CBE Research and Lesson Learning Workshop at Coconut Groove Regency Hotel at Ridge, Accra. It comes as a relief to the implementers of the CBE programme as they were faced with the challenge of funding to sustain progress made.

Arguably, this is a boost to the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to crowd in human resources to attain the aspirations of the Complementary Basic Education programme of enrolling every out of school child.

The Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh

International Literacy Day (ILD) was celebrated on the 8th September, 2018, with the theme ‘Literacy and skills development’. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist and the demands for skills required for work evolve rapidly. This year, the ILD explores and highlights integrated approaches that can support the development of literacy and skills, to ultimately improve people’s life and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies.

In Ghana, the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) of the Ministry of Education celebrated International Literacy Day in Accra, on the theme: “Empowerment through Literacy and Skills Development.”

In a speech read for him, the Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, mentioned that, the Government is transforming the Non-Formal Education Division, under the Ministry of Education, into Alternative Education Agency to address the country’s 21st century literacy concerns.

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.

Non-Formal Education transforms into Alternative Education Agency.

Government is transforming the Non-Formal Education Division, under the Ministry of Education, into Alternative Education Agency to address the country’s 21st century literacy concerns.

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.

Mr Asumadu 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.

LEARNERS  GRADUATED AT ASHAIMAN MUNICIPALITY

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The quest to reduce illiteracy among Ghanaians and empower many to contribute their quota towards self and national development has been given a major boost with the graduation of over one hundred learners at the Ashaiman Municipality. The Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) remains at the forefront in the provision of functional literacy, to this effect citizens are called upon to avail themselves to be upgraded, especially those who were not privileged to enjoy formal education.

The graduates were not only taken through reading, writing and arithmetic in both Ghanaian and English languages, but also, trained in Income Generating Activities (IGA). These include poultry farming and palm oil production, which were exhibited at the

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Income Generating Activities were displayed at the graduation ceremony

ceremony.

Stakeholders have always partnered the NFED in the provision of logistics at the community level. In this respect, the Late C. O.e  Marteye, the former Proprietor of Mart Academy was singled out and celebrated for accommodating a GHABA classroom upon their ejection from a church premise. However, Imams, Pastors and Hon. Emmanuel Agboson also allowed their Mosques and Churches to be used as facilitation centers.

The graduation ceremony was on the theme, “Promoting public awareness on literacy and peaceful co-existence in municipality”.

A call was made by the Municipal Coordinator of the NFED to the inhabitants of Ashaiman to take the opportunity offered by the Division to embrace functional literacy to help curb social vices.


 


THE NON-FORMAL EDUCATION DIVISION BAND

The BandLiteracy Africa 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.

 

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