From Chuks Moses, Awka
The Anambra state government, Wednesday said it has established more than 283 adult and non formal education centers across the state.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha during the opening ceremony of a 5-day training for 200 teachers on contemporary teaching skills development for facilitators of adults and non formal schools in collaboration with State Education Program Investment Project (ANSEPIP).
The Commissioner noted that the centers scattered across geopolitical zones of the state were set up mostly for adults who were not privileged to attend formal education.
According to her, “What Governor Obiano has done is to have a center for non formal and adults education for any market being built now in the state.
“Some of them are located in the town halls, schools and markets. So even if you are trading in the market, you can attend classes in the evening before going home.”
According to the commissioner, the training was aimed at equipping the facilitators with basic communication skills as well as how lesson notes were developed, planned and delivered.
“Our efforts are geared towards ensuring that illiteracy level of the people of the state is reduced to the bearest minimum.
“We also want to teach them on how to interact with adult teachers, develop more confident in themselves, especially as facilitators,” she added.
She expressed confidence in the ability of the facilitators, mostly retired teachers to deliver on their mandate within the time frame.
On his part, the Consultant for the training and Managing Director, Fagna Training and Consultant, Ajadi Blade, assured the readiness of his team to equip the participants with modern practices needed in teaching adults.
“We are aware of the huge investment government has made on education in the state. So we can’t afford to fail on our part towards providing the requisite capacity training,” he assured.