By: Tabitha Kugbonu | Voltaonlinegh.com |
A total of 47 adult learners have graduated over the weekend from Engage Now Africa (ENA’s) adult literacy programme in some four communities in the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region.
The communities that benefited from the adult literacy programme were; Adidome, Amelorkope, Tsetsekpo and Avakpodome.
The Country Director of Engage Now Africa (ENA), Cecelia Amankwah said ENA was in partnership with Alma House to ensure that no one is left behind as far as education is concern.
She added that going through adult education is not an easy task but since the learners were able to sail through, it means that there was nothing impossible on this planet earth if there is perseverance, determination and hard work attached to it.
She urged the learners to take whatever they were taught into practice because ENA is there to improve their lives and that of their families.
She encouraged the participants to keep helping each other, work as a group and not envy anyone who is doing so well in the group but rather it should serve as a motivation for them to also keep trying so that at the end they can also become perfect.
Stella Charles, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alma House said she was impressed with the things the learners have demonstrated and said the love and unity among them shows that they are well equipped to handle the things they have learnt and put it into something meaningful.
Apart from learning how to read and write, the 47 adults were also trained in batik tie and die, bead making, liquid soap, powder among others with certificates were awarded to them as well.
Some of them shared their testimonies about the adult literacy program and thanked the organizers for impacting their lives.
One of them, Eunice Ahortor said she was taught how to repackage her oil business and this has increased her sales in the market, while, Janet Ama Duho said “Initially I do not understand the importance of saving but for the past two years of receiving training from ENA’s adult literacy program, Daily savings is now part of me.”
Togbe Kwasinyi Agyeman IV, Chief of Adidome who doubled as the Chairman for the event, lauded ENA for the support they are giving the elderly persons in the various communities. He entreated the learners to cherish the things they were taught and use it to better their lives because as far as ENA is concern, they are in to help them grow in all aspects of their lives.
Samuel Gomashie, The Adidome Branch Director of Business Advisory Center (BAC) said his outfit with the National Board for Small-Scale Industries (NBSSI) spearheading as the national Implementing Entity is there to provide services to micro, small and medium scale entrepreneurs through training, counseling among others.
He pledged to support the learners to enhance their businesses and urged them to work in groups so that they can attract donors to help aid their businesses.
Francis K. Wama, the Volta Regional Literacy Supervisor for ENA was so excited for a successful program.
He said it has not been easy to organize such programs in the communities; especially getting facilitators to volunteer becomes a problem. He thanked Business Advisory Centre for coming on board to assist the learners to enhance their businesses.
He called on the community leaders to support ENA to expand the literacy programme.