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 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. 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 passing the Complementary Education Act (1055, 2020) which legalized the Non Formal Education Division into Complementary Education Agency (CEA) and provides the corridor for piloting complementary in the Bono regions. He also thanked the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum for being the planner and architect for securing the Act and rebranding NFED to CEA.
He said, the new NFED/CEA shall commence by rolling out 4 major programmes, namely: 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.