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Regional News of Saturday, 30 April 2005

Source: GNA

facilitators end workshop at Hohoe

Hohoe, April 30, GNA - Forty facilitators of the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) of the Ministry of Education (MOE) have ended a two-week intensive initial facilitators workshop at Hohoe. They were taken through topics such as Facilitating Writing, Reading and Numeracy, Proposal Writing, Gender and Development, Class Organisation and Management among others. Mr Thomas Seshie, Volta Regional Director of NFED urged the facilitators to use the knowledge acquired to help what he termed the productive poor to come out of their present poverty levels. He appealed to district assemblies to allocate part of the common fund to the adult learners to boost their income generation activities as a means of reducing poverty.

Mr Seshie stressed the need for volunteerism and becoming agents of change in the society. Mr Reginald Apalo-Kota, Hohoe District Co-ordinator of the NFED disclosed that the newly trained facilitators were expected to form new classes in their communities. He said the reading, numeracy and writing skills the learners will acquire is complimented with income generation activities to make them self-sufficient. Mr Collins Ahodetor, a facilitator said people have had negative impressions that the adult literacy programme is irrelevant for those on the verge of death. He explained that it is rather another window of opportunity opened to the fortunate adults, who never had formal education through no fault of theirs.