Engage now Africa, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Ghana has graduated 81 persons who had undergone an 18-month literacy training at Adafienu and Dzodze Penyi in the Ketu South and North municipalities respectively of the Volta Region.
The separate graduation ceremonies which happened on Saturday, August 11 formed part of many activities of the NGO to educate over four thousand illiterates to ably manage their own businesses since its presence in the region in 2016.
Engage now Africa was founded in 2012 and has as its main objective to eradicate poverty through adult education.
According to the Volta Regional Director, Mr. Francis Wamah, Engage now Africa was giving out soft loans (with no interest) to help eradicate poverty but had to stop because many could not manage their businesses in order to pay back the loans for others to also benefit.
“We have decided to rather eradicate poverty by giving them adult education and as well as teach them skills such as soap, pomade, washing powder and batik tie dye production. We also teach them good record keeping habit, Maths and English for them to better manage their businesses.”
The Country Director, Mrs. Cecilia Amankwa urged the graduands to take reading as a habit and instill a reading habit in their children, saying, “all other earthly acquisitions will be left behind when we die but knowledge acquired through education will be taken with us to eternity and that’s why it is good to get educated.”
These graduands can now read and communicate in the English language and keep good business records and that will go a long way to eradicate poverty in the Volta region,” she noted.
Mr. Wilson Agbanyo, the Regional Director for Non-Formal Education commended the NGO for their tremendous work in the region and pleaded that they extend their services to all districts in the region.
The graduands took turns to demonstrate their reading skills and also exhibited their handicrafts at the graduation.
By: Christopher Pappoe/voltaonlinegh.com