NON-FORMAL EDUCATION DIVISION OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION.
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY CELEBRATION
This year’s International Literacy Day (ILD) celebration took place at the forecourt of the Bonokyempem Hall in Techiman, the capital of the Bono East Region on Wednesday, 8th September, 2021. Under the auspices of UNESCO, the Day reminds all member countries of the United Nations <<Read More>>
COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATION AGENCY
The Non-Formal Education Division has gained an Agency Status and it is now known as the Complementary Education Agency with an Act of Parliament, ACT (1055, 2020). The mandate of the Division has been expanded to cover the following functions << Read More >>
The phenomenon of adolescent pregnancy has become a global canker hanging on the neck of teenage mothers particularly those in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year, about 21 million girls aged between 15 and 19 years in developing countries become pregnant and approximately 12 million of them give birth. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) at least 700,000 births occur among adolescent girls below 15 years in developing countries.
Although, the global adolescent fertility rate is reported to be declining, the number of childbirths to adolescents is on the rise due to the growing population of young women in the 15-19 age group. Information available at the UNPF again shows that the highest number of teen births occur in Eastern Asia and West Africa. Reports from the Ghana Statistical service indicate that almost 14% of adolescent girls aged between 15 and 19 years have started child bearing with 11% live births. Most of the girls who inadvertently become pregnant before the age of 18 are usually pressurized to marry with the attendant social consequences such as stigma and rejection by parents and peers. The situation becomes even worse when there is deprivation of education and employment opportunities for the adolescent mothers. This phenomenon can potentially lead them to drop out of school and consequently jeopardize their education, a situation which often leads to increase in poverty, illiteracy and other social disturbances.
Studies have shown that various interventions exist to enable girls who go through such experiences to revive their future by returning to school after childbirth. To arrest the growing occurrence of teenage school dropout as a result of childbirth, the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) Regional Directorate responsible for Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions has since 2018 rigorously embarked on an initiative to help revive the future of teenage mothers by providing out-of-school education as well as skills development programmes. Intense sensitization is done to encourage teenage girls who dropped out of school to give birth to access the program. Through this programme, the Regional Office of NFED is complementing the efforts of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and other stakeholders in the education sector of the country. This ultimately will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 which calls for an all-inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.
In 2019 alone, fourteen (14) students were registered under this initiative from Odumase in the Sunyani West Municipality with five of them being teenage mothers.
Also, seventeen (17) out of sixty-six (66) students who benefited from the regions’ complimentary education program in 2020 were teenage mothers. This demonstrates the priority the office attaches to complementary education involving teenage mothers. <<Read More>>
The Band 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.
INTERVIEW WITH THE MINISTER FOR EDUCATION He said his priorities for education is simply the priorities of that of the president of the republic of Ghana. <<Watch this Video >>