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Conference Participants Calls for More Attention to Adult Education

Apr 17, 2009, 7:10 AM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Over sixty conference participants who were drawn from all the six regions of the country for the just concluded conference on Adult and Non-Formal Education (ANFE) at the Kairaba Beach Hotel has called on government to pay more attention to Adult and Non-Formal Education.

The participants made these call during the presentation of group work at the end of the conference.
According to the participants, Regional or Municipal Programs Implication Committees, RPICs/MPICs should be put in place in order to put effective co-ordination of ANFE at the grassroot level.

The participants also endorsed recommendations, calling on the government to increase the budgetary allocation to the sector for the benefit of ANFE. They also recommended to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to upgrade Adult and Non-Formal Education Unit (ANFEU) to Adult and Non-Formal Education Directorates ANFED, ensure an effective and efficient co-ordination networking mechanism between the ministry and other stakeholders for resources mobilization.
They also recommended for the maximum use of funds, commit Area Councils to support ANFE, develop comprehensive communication and mobilisation strategies, build capacity of co-ordination body among all service providers, development of a policy framework for non-formal education, micro-finance institutions in non-formal education, and the establishment of trust funds among others. They also called on the ministry to standardized and create salary structure for Adult and Non-Formal Education facilitators and for it to have its own curriculum, which some participants disagreed with.

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