29.03.2005 Regional News

Adult Literacy Project Makes Impact In Gonjaland

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The Gonja Adult Literacy project has started yielding positive results in the area of socio-economic development of the people of the Gonja land. The project was established in 1982 with the aim of empowering adults who lack formal education. Majority of the adult learners through the concept were able to enter into the formal education sector and tertiary institutions. Radio Justice caught up with one of the project beneficiaries at an occasion held at Buipe in the Central Gonja district of the Northern region to acknowledge the effective success chalked up and functions performed by the adult literacy supervisors and facilitators.

Musah Alamane graduated from the adult literacy programme and had enrolled in Tamale Polytechnic, where he pursued a course in Fabrication. The Literacy Programme Manager, Chief. R. Adam, explained that the project thro! ugh its literature, is able to train three thousand learners on health, social, agriculture, trachoma, tree planting, HIV/ AIDS among other things. Chief Adam said his outfit is currently organizing its clientele into viable associations to enable them gain financial support and market outlets for their business ventures. This, he noted would help alleviate the plight of the people. In order to acknowledge and motivate the Adult facilitators and supervisors, they have been given back packs, exercise books and pens worth seven million cedis by Ghana Institute of Linguistics Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT) through courtesy of its Canadian partners, LEAD Canada. Donation was presented to the beneficiaries by a representative of GILLBT, Mrs Hanneke Awimbilla. She commended the volunteer adult literacy facilitators and supervisors for their dedication and hard work.

Mrs Awimbilla impressed upon them to keep up the good work, emphasizing on effective teaching and learning. The Di! strict Co-ordinating Director, Frank Oduro, thanked the organisers for the project, saying it would go a long way to reduce the illiteracy rate, which is retarding development of the nation, thereby paving way for development. The Northern Regional Girls Education Officer, Margaret Adishatu Haruna, urged parents to invest in the education of their children, stressing that education is the best legacy they can bequeath to their children.

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