30.04.2005 Regional News

One hundred and thirty facilitators acquire training skills

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Winneba (C/R), April 30, GNA - The Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) is not a wing or structure of any political party in the country.

It is a programme geared towards putting smiles on the faces of most Ghanaians who did not have formal education.

Mr Atta Asante Agyei, Winneba District Co-ordinator of the NFED made this known to 130 facilitators and 16 resource persons during a two-week facilitators training course at Winneba on Friday. Participants were drawn from Gomoa, Agona, Mfantseman and Awutu-Effutu-Senya districts of the Central Region. Topics discussed included an overview of the National Functional Literacy Programme, income generating activities, development, management, information system, reading and writing and numerical skills.

The Gomoa District Co-ordinator of the NFED, Mr Kwaku Danson said this was the eleventh batch of facilitators and that the programme currently operated classes in 15 Ghanaian languages. He urged Ghanaians to register in their various towns and villages to make them literate, adding that the NFED slogan "Enkaa Akyir" meaning "It is never too late", must sound well in the ears of all Ghanaians to start learning.

Mr Danson said the NFED played a vital role in government's efforts at eradicating poverty and appealed to the district assemblies to support its programmes at all levels.

In his closing remarks, Mr Atta Baah, Winneba District Budget Analyst, commended the participants for accepting the challenge to educate their unfortunate relatives even though the task ahead was tedious and sacrificial. Mr Baah charged them to be good ambassadors, reciprocate the good offer and also preach the good news on the HIV/AIDS pandemic to all. He said everyone was at risk of being affected or infected. Certificates were awarded to the participants.

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