The acting Asokore Mampong Municipal Coordinator of Non Formal Education Division (NFED) has advised learners at the division to study seriously if they also want to have a taste of free education.
Mrs Grace Appiakorang said any of them who is serious with her studies can register for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and go further to the senior high school (SHS) level.
She said there were many university graduates whose first taste of education was through non-formal education, but with hard work and zealousness they climbed higher the ladder of education and are now also referred to as graduates.
“Apart from becoming graduates, some of our past learners have also become office workers who can read and write very well. If they have reached these levels, it is not too late for you too”. She encouraged the learners.
Mrs Appiakorang was speaking at the first-ever reading and writing contest organised by the non-formal education division office of the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly to herald the International Literacy Day which was held on Saturday, September 8,2018.
The celebration was on the theme: “Empowerment through literacy and skilled development.”
The acting municipal non-formal coordinator expressed joy that many of them who started the class were unable to write any of the alphabets but can now even write their names and read simple English sentences.
“I am very happy at the rate of improvement knowing that many of our learners are learning to read and write English.
…even if you don’t want to go higher in education, what you learn from here will help you in your homes, trading and relationship with people”. She emphasized.
Mrs Appiakorang thanked the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Alidu Seidu, for his immense support to the non-formal education office in the area, stressing that ‘with your continuous help we believe next year’s celebration will be bigger than this.
There are six learning centers with about 20 learners in each center in the municipality.
Two representatives were selected from each of the centers to participate in English and arithmetic contest as part of celebration of the day.
Apart from the top three participants who received awards for exceptional performances, every other participant received an award.