The Apostles Revelation Society (ARS) has opened an adult education class for members of the congregation, especially women at the Edem and Kekeli branches in Ho.
The church, in collaboration with the Non-Formal Education Department (NFED) of the Ministry of Education, is offering training for members who have not been to school but have the interest to read and write the English language and also for school drop-outs who wish to further their education.
About 75 women and five men have enrolled to take part in the 21-month exercise.
The programme is part of the fourth batch of literacy classes by the NFED which has been ongoing nation-wide since last year for learners from age 15 and above to help eradicate illiteracy in the country. Reduce poverty
According to the Volta Regional Director of NFED, Mr Seth Anku, the training was necessary because it would reduce poverty in the communities as the learners, who were interested in vocational skills, would be assisted to learn a trade after the programme.
He explained that there was much emphasis on the education of the women under the programme because it had been observed that a lot of them within the communities in the region had no formal education.
He said most of them could not do basic things such as writing their names, signing their own signatures, following directions, and reading inscriptions therefore, the programme had been introduced to assist them in that direction.
To make learning easier, the department presented exercise books and learning materials to the newly enrolled learners.
Mr Anku stated that since most of the people were married, a counselling unit had been set up to address the challenges they may encounter while attending classes. Build women’s confidence
An income generating officer of NFED, Mrs Suzy Vuvor, added that a lot of women were encouraged to join the class as a means to boost their business.
She explained that most of the women were traders who dealt in small-scale businesses or trading but due to their low level of education or illiteracy they were unable to grow their businesses.
The programme, she observed, would help build their capacity and also make them confident to share their views on critical issues.
Mrs Vuvor added that women had an enormous impact on the well-being of their families and so educating them would help shape the society
The co-ordinator of the programme for the church, Mr Isaac Adiku, said the members had been enrolled to help them read the English Bible and also for evangelism purposes.
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