It has been a dream come true for 109 adult learners who have graduated from adult literacy programme in Ho, the Volta Region capital.
The adult learners who have dropped out of school at various stages of the formal educational system were taught among other things to read and write the English language in an adult literacy programme organised by Engage Now Africa, an NGO.
They were taken through 18 months of intensive classes to acquire basic language skills in the English language.
It was a moment of joy for the participants who were presented with certificates during a graduation Ceremony held in Ho.
They come from various communities across the region such as Aflao, Abutia, Kpeve Tornu, Adzigo Tornu and Ho.
They include not only the elderly but some youth.
They said they have seen a great change in their lives as a result of the literacy programme.
One of such success stories is that of 24 years old Roseline Kudze of Abutia-Kloe who upon the completion of the programme has been engaged in one of the private schools in Abutia as a Kindergarten teacher at Day Spring School, Abutia Teti.
”Because of lack of money, I dropped out of school. I joined the Engage Now Africa programme where we were taught how to read and write good English. By educating myself, I wrote an application letter to Day Spring International school and they called me for an interview. They took me as one of their teachers,” Roseline Kudze said.
For Some of the elderly, including 68 years old Olivia Dornyo of Aflao, the programme has given her an opportunity to catch up with all that she lost in the past as a result of her illiteracy and to be a better parent to her children and grandchildren.
“I feel so happy that I cannot explain it. I thank Engage now Africa for thinking about we those who have dropped out of school. I joined this programme to improve me so that I will gain all that I lost and to build a better home in the future,” said Olivia Dornyo.
According to the Country Director of Engage Now Africa. Cecilia Amankwah, the next phase of the programme will focus on basic bookkeeping to enable the participants to be economically empowered to turn around their own businesses. She believes this is one of the very ways to help end poverty.
“We believe in educating people first, preparing their minds for greater things to come. Next, We are going to train them how to manage their businesses and how to do proper bookkeeping and how to take care of their families and getting the communities involved,” said Cecilia Amankwah.
She encouraged the participants to go all out with confidence and excel in whatever you they are doing and continue to learn because there is no end to learning or education.
The programme which started in Ghana in 2014 has been a major success story as to empowering people who hitherto would have their hopes crashed because they dropped out of school.