The Deputy Minister said this during a two day maiden capacity building training workshop for supervisors, facilitators and trainers of Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) of the Ghana Education Service, drawn from various districts in the Region.

The literacy programme, he said, had the ability to empower people with a means of living, particularly in agriculture, sanitation and hygiene to contribute meaningfully to an accelerated national development agenda.

He said in spite of the importance of the literacy programme, resource constraints had affected the operations of the NFED to deliver on its mandate and impressed upon all the Municipal and District Assemblies to follow the example of the Bolgatanga Municipal which sponsored the organization of the training programme for the staff.

Welcoming the participants, the Acting Upper East Regional Coordinator of the NFED, Mr David Atinga, said productivity and income levels of the populace could increase if functional literacy was harnessed well.

He cited numerous examples where the programme had made an impact in the region including leading to high yields rice harvested under the Government’s Rice Support Sector.

Mr Atinga said some of the challenges confronting the region including child and early marriages, funerals, dowry, teenage pregnancy and sanitation amongst others, could be reduced if the NFED was given the needed attention.

He said the training programme was aimed at addressing some of the challenges confronting the NFED adding that the Regional Directorate had developed a five Pillar Plan to rebrand the organization in the Region.

He said the five Pillar Plan would develop the capacity of the staff, resource mobilization and build institutional framework to deliver quality services as well as build reliable database to make the NFED function efficiently.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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