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 Nation’s commitments to literacy activities since 1966. Also, the day prompts the world of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and nations as well as the need to intensify efforts towards more literate societies. The global theme for this year’s celebrations is “Literacy for a Human Centred Recovery: Narrowing the Digital Divide” whilst the national theme is “Complementary Education and Human Development in the COVID-19 Era: The Role of Digital Literacy”. Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo read a speech on behalf of the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum. In attendance were the Banmuhene of Techiman Traditional Area, the Bono Regional Minister, Hon. Kwasi Adu Gyan and the former Minister for Education, Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi. On behalf of the UNESCO Country Director, Mr Diallo Abdourahamane, Ama Serwah Nierquaye-Tetteh delivered a solidarity message at the durbar. In relation to the 2021 Literacy year theme, the Executive Director of CENDLOS, Nana Gyamfi Adwabour, delivered a message on digital learning. Other dignitaries present were Rev. Fr. Martin Oduro Bilson and Sheik Kyei who did the opening and closing prayers respectively. In his address, the executive Director of NFED now known as Complementary Education Agency (CEA), Mr. Francis Asumadu who hosted the programme expressed his gratitude to the Government of Ghana for granting the Division an Agency status with Complementary Education ACT (1055, 2020).
He also thanked the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum for being instrumental with the rebranding with the CEA ACT(1055, 2020) .
He said, the new NFED/CEA will commence by rolling out 4 major programmes, namely: 1. Enhanced Functional Literacy Program,
- Remedial Education for school dropouts,
- Complementary Basic Education (CBE) for Out of school Children (OoSc) and
- Occupational Skills Development (OSDs) leading into Technical and Vocational Education.
Mr. Francis Asumadu also thanked the staff and Regional Director responsible for Ahafo, Bono and Bono East Regions for accepting the challenge to prepare the grounds for the celebration of the 2021 ILD in Techiman. He mentioned that, CEA mandate will be successful if the staff of the division change their attitude towards the work leading to a change in the organizational culture.
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION GIVES FIVE ISUZU PICK-UPS TO NFED.
The success of programme activities implementation and management, especially, field projects emanate from planned and thoroughly designed schedule of monitoring and evaluation.
It always presents a challenge, when the need arises for monitoring to be carried out or scaled up without vehicles to travel across the country.
The Fleet of the Division has broken down beyond repair leaving the Division with limited movement in the Regions, Metropolitans, Municipals and Districts of the country. This has thereby restricted the monitoring of programmes across the country.
Therefore, the presentation of the five Isuzu Pick-up vehicles to the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) by the Ministry of Education came as a relief and a stitch that saved the monitoring aspect of the organization.
A sigh of relief is here carried by these Isuzu Pick-ups. Though five are severally inadequate, bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
The Division is future-full-of-hope that the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh will extend further support to augment the fleet in all the Regions for effective monitoring.