NFED READY TO IMPLEMENT COMPLEMENTARY BASIC EDUCATION (CBE).
The Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) joined the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) and Implementing Partners (IPs) in a three day Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Progress review meeting for cycle 5 at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra.
Complementary Basic Education (CBE) is an intervention to rope in out-of-school children (OOSC) between the ages of 8-14. These children are facilitated in their mother tongue for nine months. The graduates are then transitioned into formal education. Based on assessment some of the children start formal education at primary class three or four.
In a speech, the Hon. Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh lauded Civil Society and School for Life (SFL) for starting and sustaining the programme. He indicated that CBE as an intervention is not here to stay forever, but to help out-of-school children (OOSC) join their colleagues in the formal school.
Mr. Enoch Cobinna, the Chief Director of the Minister of Education also indicated that since the inspection of CBE in 2013, 248,556 out of-school children (OOSC) have transited to the formal school. He appreciated the National Steering Committee members, which he chairs for their dedication and commitment to the intervention.
Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK) has through CBE been offering support to disadvantaged as well as disabled children.
CBE, hence, offer second chance to under privileged children to get enrolled into formal school.
The Private Sector and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) came up for special commendation for their enormous contribution toward the success in the implementation of the CBE intervention.
Mr. Francis Asumadu, Director, Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) thanked the Crown Agents, United States of Agency for International Development (USAID) and Implementing Partners (IPs) for inviting the Division to participate in the review for cycle 5. He indicated that, the experience was engaging as the education. Mr. Asumadu, stated that the Division was ready to continue with the implementation of the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) intervention, which process is not at much variance with the Non-Formal Education practise.
Non-Formal Education Division Holds Welfare Confab
This year’s National Welfare Executive Committee Conference of the Non-Formal Education Division of the MoE has been held in Kumasi. It brought together all national welfare executive committee members, regional welfare chairmen and specially invited guests to discuss issues relating the welfare of staff of the division.
Participants deliberated on the sustainability of the programmes of the division and ways to improve and expand the scope of its functions for national development. In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the committee, Mr. Edward Ocloo, impressed on participants to give their best to ensure a successful conference.
Delivering the keynote address on the topic: “Literacy and sustainable societies”, the acting Director of the NFED, Mr. Charles Darlington Afare, asked participants to be conscious of the role literacy played in the provision and sustainability of improved lifestyles of societies.
He stressed that literacy was not just about educating illiterate but also a unique and powerful tool to eradicate poverty and a strong means for social and human progress.
He briefed the conference on strides made so far in the process of ensuring that the NFED become an agency. Closing the conference, the Central Regional Director of the NFED, Mr. Gideon Kojo Fianya, thanked all participants for their active participation and reiterated that literacy was an effective way to enlighten and arm society to face the challenges of life.
That he said, would raise the level of personal living and ensure sustainability of development, peace and democracy in society.
CREDIT: Daily Graphic, Thursday, 10th September, 2015