Presidential candidates urged to share vision on combating illiteracy

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Sept. 9, GNA – Mr Hayford Siaw, a
social entrepreneur, has called on Presidential Candidates contesting the
forthcoming elections to share their vision and plans on combating
illiteracy. 

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.”

GNA

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