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.
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.
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.
Also, 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.
International Literacy Day (ILD, 2018)
Ghana will on the 8th September, 2018 join the International Community to celebrate International Literacy Day. This year’s event will commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the world congress of Ministers’ of Education on the Eradication of illiteracy, which made the Tehran recommendation on the proclamation of the International Literacy Day and advanced the notion of Functional Literacy.
International Literacy Day is celebrated annually around the world. 8th September, is set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to bring to the fore the detriments of illiteracy to the individual and national development.
This year’s commemoration marks the 52nd since it was first celebrated in 1966, after the initiation in 1965. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Literacy and Skills Development” The theme pays more attention to Sustainable Development Goal Four (SDG4), which calls for inclusive equitable and quality education with target 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 expecting an equal access, substantial increase, and gender equality in technical and vocational education and training. However, only target 4.6 expects a substantial proportion of women, men, youth, and children to gain literacy and numeracy by 2030.
In other words, Agenda 2030 is looking at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as the way to equip the increasing global youth population. This falls in line with the UNESCO TVET Strategy, which began in 2016 and ending in 2021.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute of Statistics (UIS) Ghana’s literacy rate stands at 76.6 percent. UIS also puts male and female literacy rate at 82.0 and 71.4 percent respectively, with a gender difference of 10.7 percent. This is indicative of the fact that, there is still more work to be done in female education in Ghana to help deal with gender disparity.
Additionally, there are a number of out-of-school children in Ghana, who are catered for under the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) intervention process. Free Senior High School (FSHS) has also afforded many the opportunity to access quality education. If these interventions are not financed, those who are ignored today will become candidates for future adult literacy.
This year the Day falls on Saturday 8th September, 2018.
Programme for the week long celebration and grand durbar will be posted here.
Please, celebrate with us as we transition into Alternative Education Agency (AEA)
Thanks for accepting to come along with us.