Mrs. Benedette Nwokafor Recieving the award for the overall best student in the just concluded Adult Literacy Programme
The closing ceremony of the Port Harcourt World Book Capital (PHWBC) Adult Literacy Programme (ALP) held on Thursday 26th March 2015. The programme which held from January – March had classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4-6pm.With a total of 85 participants, the programme was done in partnership with the Faith Baptist Church, Port Harcourt.
The event commenced with and an opening prayer by one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Priscilla Williams and thereafter the opening remarks by Deacon John Oyeniyi (Chairman of social ministry) who iterated the need for education in our society and the timely intervention of the PHWBC 2014 Project in reaching out to fill the need in the Adult Education sector. He mentioned that the church initiated the programme about 20 years ago but lacked resources to sustain its existence.
Mrs. Ijeamaka Woko, who represented the PHWBC project, congratulated the participants on completion of the programme and further encouraged them to forge ahead in achieving and aspiring to greater heights, advising them (participants) to be on the lookout for such opportunities in the future.
In his remarks, Rev. (Dr.) Nkem Osuigwe, the pastor of Faith Baptist Church thanked PHWBC and Rainbow Book Club for partnering with the church in the adult literacy initiative, and expressed his desire for the sustainability of the partnership adding that though it was for a short period of time, huge success was recorded and envisaged that another 6 months would have an even greater impact.
The Beneficiaries were also given a chance to share their experiences of how the programme caused improvements in their reading and writing, and even their way of life. One of the students, a driver, said that instead of avoiding certain areas because of road signs, he can now read those signs; others can now read the bible; and some can now calculate sales in the market.
Also, the Instructors aired their view of having to work with people who showed enthusiasm and welcomed the training process.
The Highlight of the programme was the issuing of certificates of completion to 85 participants, and recognition of best the performing students in Basic (Fred Nwofor) and Post-basic (Benedette Nwokafor) respectively.
The programme came to an end, with Deacon John Oyeniyi giving the Vote of thanks.