CEA HOLDS VALIDATION WORKSHOP ON CBE PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION CRITERIA AND CEA STRATEGIC PLAN FORMULATION IN KOFORIDUA.
The Complementary Education Agency (CEA) from the 4th-8th of July 2022, organised a workshop at the Capital View Hotel in Koforidua to validate the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme implementation criteria, and elicit input from its stakeholders to prepare a draft strategic plan document for the CEA.
In attendance were representatives from the CEA and selected agencies including GES, NaSIA, NTC, TVET service and NaCCA under the Ministry of Education. The rest were representatives from selected CSOs such as Oxfam, World Vision, World Education Int., Afrikids, GILLBT as well as experts from the academia namely the University of Ghana, University of Education, Winneba and Accra College of Education. The Technical Assistant Team from FCDO/ OPM/ HEART, the consultants; supporting the CEA to assume its mandate of providing oversight for the implementation of the CBE programme were also present.
The validation followed an earlier workshop organized from 16th – 19th of May 2022, to elicit the perspectives of the stakeholders on the criteria for the CBE programme implementation. Development of the criteria is part of the processes towards facilitating smooth transition of the CBE program implementation from Ghana Education Service to CEA as the lead agency for the CBE programme in Ghana.
In an opening remarks, the Acting Executive Director of CEA, Mr. Francis Asumadu, commended the participants for making it to the workshop despite the short notice to help CEA validate the draft report on the criteria for the CBE programme implementation.
The first day of the three-day workshop saw participants reviewing and validating the draft report regarding the content, presentation, structure as well as responsiveness of the criteria to the CBE programme implementation requirements.
The report presented perspectives on the number of out-of-school children (OOSC) in Ghana and the factors accounting for that. It also provided the criteria for sitting CBE learning centers / classes, development of curriculum and teaching and learning resources, facilitator’s recruitment and training, as well as C BE learner’s transition into the formal school and other lifelong learning pathways. The report provided several recommendations, including the MoE/ CEA adopting a policy on the age range for the OOSC and using that to engage with the Ghana Statistical Service to extract the number of OOSC from the 2021 Population and Housing Census data, strengthening stakeholder’s collaboration and putting in place monitoring system to track reduction in the number of OOSC in Ghana.
As part of developing the strategic plan, the Acting Executive Director reiterated the need to reflect on the new mandate of CEA, as provided in the CEA Act2020 (Act1055), to develop a strategic plan that will guide operations of the CEA for the next 5 years.
The workshop considered the vision, mission, and values of the CEA to craft the strategic plan. Stakeholders also looked into the activities of the CEA and analyzed its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) associated with carrying out its day to day activities. It also looked at how to improve on the quality and productivity to enhance value and improve reliability of service delivery.
Issues regarding sponsorship and other alternative means of funding CEA programme were highly considered. Participants suggested that the regions and districts should be well resourced to intensify accelerated services and innovations to make the CEA more attractive. The CEA was advised to adopt a high performance culture to drive continuous improvement in the systems and processes for operationalization of the CEA mandate.
The workshop also placed premium on building the capacity of the agency in optimising the use of its human resources. In view of this, issues relating to staff motivation, professionalism and career development will be addressed by inviting professionals from other organizations to share their best practices with CEA staff.
It was further agreed that the CEA should strategically reposition itself to be the lead institution in complementary education delivery in Ghana as well as enhance its image and visibility.
In bringing the workshop to a close, the Director General for TVET service, Mrs. Mawusi Nudekor Awity, advised staff of CEA to adopt ownership spirt by developing the zeal and effort to work and do things exceptionally with or without money. She also pledged the readiness of TVET service to support CEA in all its skills development programs. She ended by advocating for a strong collaboration between the two institutions.
The Acting Executive Director, CEA was full of praises for participants’ inputs into the drafting of the CEA strategic plan. (2023-2028)
COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATION POLICY RECEIVES SUPPORT
The Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) has offered support to the Complementary Education Agency (CEA) in the form of Technical Assistance (TA) for the development of a Complementary Education Policy.
A Technical Committee inaugurated by the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum (MP) to supervise the task assigned to the Technical Assistance, had their maiden meeting on 10th June 2022 at Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Ridge, Accra.
The meeting was on the urgency and importance of the assignment of the Technical Assistance.
In the Technical Committee’s deliberations with the Technical Assistance and the Complementary Education Agency team, led by the Acting Executive Director, Mr Francis Asumadu, they concluded that there is a need to establish the CEA Board in a short time.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.
Complementary Education Agency (CEA) signed Memorandum of Understanding with Care International-Ghana. The Ag. Executive Director, Mr. Francis Asumadu and Mr. Philip K. A Deh signed on behalf of CEA while the Country Director, Rose Tchwenko and Mercy Sika Krow signed on behalf of Care Ghana. The ceremony was witnessed by other staff.
LAUNCHING OF COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATION AGENCY OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION.
The Complementary Education Agency, a division of the Ministry of Education, is set to outdoor its educational programme dubbed “Complementary Education,” Friday, March 11, 2022.
The ceremony which would be held at the GNAT Hall in Accra, according to the Agency, would be honoured by the sector Minister, Dr Yaw Adutwum.
Complementary Education is a remodel of what was formally called Non-formal Education.
The programme has been in existence since the inception of the First Republic but was officially incorporated into the Ministry’s functions in 1987 when the government at the time under the leadership of Jerry John Rawlings saw the need to reform the sector.
The programme has been providing education in various areas to people, particularly adults. This was at the time when the literacy rate among the adult demography was very low in the country.
Adults undertaking an educational course
The programme was therefore supported by the World Bank to provide education to the adult groups to raise the literacy rate of the country.
However, since the World Bank’s withdrawal of its support to the government, the programme has been dwindling until the Akufo-Addo government took the initiative to revitalise it, taking into consideration the need for all to have some form of education to improve upon the quality of their lives.
A bill, Complementary Education Bill 2019, was in effect passed by the 7th Parliament on October 16, 2020.
The bill was to establish the Complementary Education Agency to see to the provision of educational programmes outside the formal education system in the country.
Per clause 3 of the bill, the agency will formulate policies and guidelines to advance complementary education, it will monitor and evaluate the implementation of approved learning activities in the complementary education sector and develop partnerships to enhance complementary education and occupational skill development.
Speaking on the Anopa Bofoↄ show hosted by Kofi Adoma Nwanwani, the Acting Head of Public Relations of the Agency, Patrick Twumasi, said the programme to be implemented for children at the basic Junior High School levels and adults, would include skill development and professional training to complement the formal education.
According to him, though the programme is to serve as a complement for formal education and would provide the mentioned services, it is not independent of formal education. Thus, a student undertaking formal education cannot quit and join the non-formal education because he probably is not performing well.
“There will be restrictions laid on the non-formal education which will make it complementary but not independent to compete with the formal education which is structured,” he stated in Twi on the show.
The Acting Director, Francis Asumadu, stressed that the programme is to serve as an alternative means to pursue higher learning without going through structured stages as is typical of the formal educational system.
“The formal education is so structured such that it takes few people to jump from say like six to JHS; it is difficult to make it into SHS when you haven’t been through the primary education.
“The new system comes to provide an alternative system where without a stage one can still pursue other levels of education to achieve the results he seeks” the acting Director said.
Francis Asumadu, the acting Director of Complementary Education Agency
Touching on the various levels of education, he noted that for the basic education, children who may not have had formal education before would be taught in their mother tongue and their performance would determine what stage they will be placed−whether class 3 or 4−to continue their basic education.
On JHS students, he mentioned that on completion of the programme they will be awarded certificates that will help them enrol in any formal education institution to retake their final examinations to help them advance into Senior High School.
About the adults, their education would cut across sectors of the economy, thus for those into business, they may take courses that are finance-oriented to educate them on finance management among others, likewise for other sectors.
The programme according to the agency would be held in three sessions: morning, afternoon and evening. This is to ensure that no person needing their services is left behind
COMPLEMENTARY EDUCATION AGENCY (CEA) SOON TO GO DIGITAL
The agency as part of its mandate in rendering complementary education services to the Ghanaian public, has decided to go digital by uploading its facilitation and learning materials (primers) online.
Lessons learnt from COVID- 19 pandemic have necessitated this paradigm shift from face- to- face teaching and learning to digitalization. In line with this, the ministry of education has directed CENDLOS to include CEA digitalization agenda in their new learning passport project.
This project would enable CEA learners to access functional literacy information in Ghanaian languages and English language on the learning passport platform.
Also, earnest preparations are being done by CEA to provide identification codes/ numbers for its beneficiaries to enable them access the Learning Passport initiative.
Complementary Education Introduce New Literacy Cycle.
CEA has moved the implementation of the National Functional Literacy Program(NFLP) from 21 months to 12 months’ literacy cycle. The new cycle begins in January and ends in December every year. January is used to climax the yearlong community entry and training of facilitators, actual classes begin in first week of February every year.
CEA has adopted first Tuesday in the month of February every year to be observed as “MY FIRST DAY IN CEA CLASS “.
Management arrived at this decision (the literacy cycle) after an elaborated discussion of the literacy cycle at the just ended senior management meeting at Camp Martin’s Hotel in Kumasi.
The abridge is necessary to make the program more robust, effective and convenient for its beneficiaries to endure fluidity in lifelong learning.
With this initiatives, facilitators are expected to engage learners at class level for five times per week and each engagement duration, is shifted from 2hrs to 3hrs per meeting.
CEA READY TO IMPLEMENT COMPLEMENTARY BASIC EDUCATION (CBE).
The Complementary Education Agency (CEA) joined the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) and Implementing Partners (IPs) in a three day Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Progress review meeting for cycle 5 at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra.
Complementary Basic Education (CBE) is an intervention to rope in out-of-school children (OOSC) between the ages of 8-14. These children are facilitated in their mother tongue for nine months. The graduates are then transitioned into formal education. Based on assessment some of the children start formal education at primary class three or four.
In a speech, the Hon. Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh lauded Civil Society and School for Life (SFL) for starting and sustaining the programme. He indicated that CBE as an intervention is not here to stay forever, but to help out-of-school children (OOSC) join their colleagues in the formal school.
Mr. Enoch Cobinna, the Chief Director of the Minister of Education also indicated that since the inspection of CBE in 2013, 248,556 out of-school children (OOSC) have transited to the formal school. He appreciated the National Steering Committee members, which he chairs for their dedication and commitment to the intervention.
Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK) has through CBE been offering support to disadvantaged as well as disabled children.
CBE, hence, offer second chance to under privileged children to get enrolled into formal school.
The Private Sector and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) came up for special commendation for their enormous contribution toward the success in the implementation of the CBE intervention.
Mr. Francis Asumadu, Ag, Executive Director of Complementary Education Agency (CEA) thanked the Crown Agents, United States of Agency for International Development (USAID) and Implementing Partners (IPs) for inviting the Division to participate in the review for cycle 5. He indicated that, the experience was engaging as the education. Mr. Asumadu, stated that the Agency was ready to continue with the implementation of the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) intervention, which process is not at much variance with the Complementary Education practise.