Eastern Region is located in Southern Sector of Ghana and shares boundaries with Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions to the North; Greater Accra and Central Regions to the South; Volta Region to the East and part of Ashanti and Central Region to the West. The population is 2,663,154 according to the 2010 population and housing census.
Current Literacy Rate by Gender
The Literacy rate in the Region is 85.6% for males and 72.7% for females.
Status of Literacy Classes on the Ground
The region is playing its part to ensure reduction of illiteracy in the country. Currently, it has 581 classes with a total of 14,172 learners. This is made up of 129 Batch 16 classes; 34 Batch 16 model classes; 197 Batch 17 classes and 221 Batch 17 model classes.
Role of Communities
Communities play very vital roles in the establishment and sustenance of classes. This is being done through community entry for the selection of facilitators, recruitment of learners, provision of venue for class meetings, furniture for classes and provision of fuel for lanterns, paying electricity bills and provision of land for Occupational and Skills Development (OSD) projects among others.
The Eastern Regional office of NFED collaborates actively with the Hunger Project, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Education Service (GES), All Nations International Development Agency (ANIDA) and the Ghana Prisons Service (GPS), among others. The collaboration is geared towards ensuring successful, implementation of the programme in the Region.
In collaborating with the Hunger Project, NFED supports the project to establish classes in the project’s epicenters. Partnership with MOFA, GHS and the GES is centered on effective facilitation and learning in classes, whilst the collaboration with the GPS has ensured that inmates of Ghana’s Prisons benefit from the Functional Literacy Programme.
- GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE: The GES has always released their teachers to be used as facilitators for adult literacy classes. In addition, formal school classrooms are mostly used as meeting places for literacy classes.
- ALL NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (ANIDA): The All Nations International Development Agency is running Literacy classes in some communities.
Learing Support Systems
Radio is being used effectively to support learning in class. The region has 3 partner radio stations broadcasting programmes for learners and target communities in the region. These are Eastern FM, Life FM AND Radio Afram Plains. In addition, book-boxes stocked with supplementary readers and Easy-To-Read Books have been supplied to classes in the region to enable learners broaden their scope of learning. Selected NFED staff have been trained as producers to team up with producers of the stations to produce functional literacy radio support programmes for learners.
Status of Income Generating Activities
It is a policy of the Division for every literacy class to establish income generating activities to enable learners generate income to support themselves and their classes. Some classes have availed themselves of this opportunity and are engaged in various income generating activities. These include crop farming, animal rearing, poultry, fishing, okente weaving, beads making, batik tie and dye, palm-oil and Palm Kernel oil extraction, gari making, soap making, kenkey production, honey products and tapioca among others.
Development Activities/Reinforcement Technique:
Development activities are organized by classes based on demands from the Primer lesson discussions. The main activity being under-taken by most classes is clean-up campaigns in principal streets, church and hospital premises. Other activities such as role-plays and talks are also undertaken to reinforce learning in class.
- Afram Plains South
- Akuapem North
- Akuapem South Municipal
- Birim Central Municipality
- Birim North
- Birim South
- East Akim Municipality
- Kwahu East
- Kwahu North
- Kwahu South
- Kwahu West Municipal
- Lower Manya Krobo
- New Juaben Municipality
- Suhum-Kraboa Coaltar
- Upper Manya Krobo
- Upper West Akim
- West Akim Municipal
- Yilo Krobo