INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY CELEBRATION IN GHANA
International Literacy Day is a UNESCO initiative, which begun in 1965. This annual celebration started following a recommendation of the World Conference of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of illiteracy which met in Tehran in September 1965. The Conference recommended that the 8th day of September, the date of the inauguration of the Conference, be proclaimed International Literacy Day and be observed world-wide.
Therefore, the first celebration took place in 1966. Since then the day has been commemorated annually around the world under the auspices of UNESCO to advance the literacy agenda at global, regional and national levels.
The day reminds the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.
The theme for the global celebration is ‘LITERACY IN A DIGITAL WORLD’
The Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) in collaboration with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will celebrate the 51st International Literacy Day at the Teachers Hall on Friday 8th September, 2017 on the country specific theme “A Digital World in Ghana: The case of Functional Literacy”.
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