He said as Ghana goes to the polls in December, it was highly unfortunate that none of the presidential candidates has come out strongly to share their vision of how they would eradicate illiteracy and build the capacity of Ghanaians.

Mr Hayford in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said after almost a quarter of a century, the Non Formal Education Division (NFED) has been unable to craft a coherent national policy to guide achievement of this goal.

He said despite the fact that Ghana’s literacy levels continues to be disputed by researchers, one thing certain was that Ghana’s literacy rate continues to fall well below the global average level of 84 per cent.

In Ghana, (NFED) of the Ministry of Education was established in 1991, with the mandate to eradicate illiteracy in Ghana by the year 2015.

“This is completely unacceptable,” he added.

He said change would not be easy, there is no simple solution but clear guidance must be given.

He said 2016 was the first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in this context, the vision of literacy according to UNESCO was aligned with lifelong learning opportunities with special focus on youth and adults.

He said literacy was a part of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

In Ghana, Street Library, which has been operating literacy intervention programmes for children and young adults for five years would be engaging children in various Reading, Literacy, and Personal Development Activities to commemorate the day.

Their libraries and reading hubs in Pokuase, in the Greater Accra Region, and Damang Ahwerase, in the Eastern Region, will host dozens of eager young readers, sharing stories, games, and other learning activities.

Fifty years ago, UNESCO declared 8th September International Literacy Day. The goal was, in their words, “To actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities, and societies.”

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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