Dominica observes adult education month

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominica observes adult education month by: – September 4, 2012center_img 27 Views   one comment Share Martha Andre As the Adult Education Division celebrates “adult education month” this September, an adult education officer has sought to dispel the perception that the organization caters to persons who are considered “illiterate”.In an interview with Dominica Vibes News, Martha Andre described the Adult Education programs as “creating awareness” for the need to continue learning.“We are trying to bring about awareness among persons that adult education is continuing education. I think it goes way back when people thought adult education, earlier called the night school, were for people who couldn’t read or write at all, but it is not so, we have gone beyond that”.She explained that the division offers these programs as a means of contributing to national development. “We have adult literacy programs where we take persons from one level to another and as they grow in their levels they become more competent to participate in wider areas of discussions. What we are trying to do is to prepare people to be part of the national development and people should not look at adult education as something that is pen and paper,” she said.This year’s adult education month is being celebrated under the theme, “Create Your Family Dynasty Through Adult Education”.“We feel that issues which affect the family will hinder proper learning and if we have to create a national learning environment we must look at the family unit as being one of the very important units and develop that family,” Andre emphasized.The Adult Education Division offers a number of educational classes like Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and skills programs. “We look at the social, spiritual and physical aspect of the human being and through this we are able to develop programs which will assist persons to be sustainable in whatever way. We also offer skills training programs in summer ranging from flower arrangement, tiling, sewing and cake decorating”.The division also provides programs targeted at assisting schools and parents. “We are also into parenting programs where we work with the schools and the parent bodies in the communities to organize programs for parents who feel they need upgrading in their social and parenting skills and understanding the school curriculum and how they can work with their children,” Andre noted.Some of the activities which will form part of the month’s observations include a national exhibition at Government Headquarters on 5th September, beach clean-up along the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard and the national graduation on 19th September.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img