THE Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Mr. Cezar Kale, has said the functional literacy programme of the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) is one of the key mediums of accelerating Ghana’s attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and called for its adequately resource to operate effectively and efficiently.
He said functional literacy encompasses the importation of practical knowledge to deal with societal challenges such as poverty eradication, education, reversal of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases and be given the attention it deserves.
Mr. Kale stated this when he opened a workshop for facilitators of the NFED at Wanye in the Wa Municipality here last Monday.
The workshop attracted 250 facilitators drawn from the nine districts of the region.
Mr Kale said the NFED was focused on influencing lifestyles particularly and employed teaching methodologies that clearly explained the text being taught to reality.
Mr. Kale observed that crave for the NFED programme had dwindled over the years partly because of the reorientation of societal values in favour of wealth than acquiring knowledge.
He however, said that sustainable development was premised on a knowledge, based economy adding that “countries with a high caliber of human resources with little natural resources like gold, oil and diamond are doing better than those without it.”
According to Mr. Kale the NFED had been in existence for some time now and “many are those who would attest to its immeasurable contributions towards the forward match of the people.”
Mr. Kale said “some have gained their livelihood through the income generating activity component of the programme while others have used the programmes as a spring board into the regular formal sector, with others being enlightened on state policies through the programme.”
He, therefore, commended personnel of the NFED on their efforts and urged them on to be more productive in their activities.
The Chief Programme Officer of NFED, Reverend G.K. Kutu said the training would improve the knowledge, attitude and skills of facilitators to enhance their competencies in the effective and efficient handling of learners under their care.
Reverend Kutu urged on the facilitators to take the course seriously in order to attain the requisite knowledge worthy of becoming role models with the ability effect positive change in the lives of the people of their respective communities.
The Upper West Regional Co-ordinator of the NFED Mr. Festus Dakurah called for the involvement of Assembly members, traditional rulers, area council chairpersons and other opinion leaders to make activities of the programme at the local community level a reality.