NON FORMAL EDUCATION DIVISION
MUNICIPAL DIRECTOR: ZAC ABRAHAMS
Empower people through Non Formal Education.
Non- Formal Division (NFED) co-ordinates Non-Formal Education activities and offers quality and equitable life-long learning opportunities for youth and adults outside formal education and provides functional literacy and skills development programme across the country.
- We value creativity in the pursuit of excellence.
- We embrace respect, commitment, timeliness and transparency to all.
- We promote as a fundamental approach to all that we do.
The NFED exists to improve the life of the illiterate, especially the rural poor and women by providing quality functional literacy.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE NATIONAL FUNCTIONAL LITERACY PROGRAMME (NFLP)
The programme aims at the following specific objectives;
- To provide quality basic literacy services to new groups in reading, writing, numeracy, local language and English
- To sustain the literacy skills of new-literates.
- To promote the application of required functional skills towards self and community development.
- To improve the quality and efficiency of monitoring, Evaluation and Research activities
- To develop and upgrade the occupational skills of learners, particularly income generating groups to be efficient users of financial credit.
- To use radio and printed materials to complement, support and promote literacy.
BENEFITS OF LITERACY
Functional literacy is the ability to read, write, and calculate and the acquisition of other skills to effectively function in the society. Individuals who are literate have many advantages over those who cannot read, write, calculate and analyze issues critically.
The following are some benefits of literacy;
- Literacy enables people to read road signs, house numbers, identify buses and trains thus enabling the individuals to find their way around more easily.
- Literacy enables people t read instructions given on medicines and drugs and therefore avoid mistakes that could lead to disaster.
- Literacy enables people to know what is happening in other parts of the world and in the country.
- Literacy enables farmers to read the correct instructions on agricultural inputs and understand the proper application of chemicals on their farm products. In addition to these, they are able to read scales, measurements, instructions and prices of goods correctly thus avoiding mistakes and being cheated.
- Literate parents are able to encourage their children to do their school work and also to remain in school.
- Literate persons are able to communicate with people in distant places through writing of their own letters and thus keeping important information to themselves.
- Literate people are able to fill forms on their own, such as when they are at the bank, at the post office and during election time.
- Literacy makes people better workers by helping them to read, tell the right time and use instruments.
- Literacy makes people enlightened and confident and therefore more capable of discussing their own problems and making their own decisions, understanding the policies of Government and contributing their quota to the development of their communities.
- Literacy opens the door to further education and individual advancement