Adult Literacy Program Launches in Shama

Adult Literacy Program Launches in Shama

Press Release ( - Mar 03, 2016 - 200 adults from the Shama community are slated to participate in The Shama Legacy Foundation’s (SLF) Adult Literacy Program. The program launch was held at the Shama Community Center where an inaugural group of learners from Shama’s fishing community, met with representatives from SLF and Ghana’s Non-Formal Education Division.

The brainchild of the Nkosuohene of Shama and SLF Chair, Mrs. Teresa Efua Ntim, the Shama Adult Literacy Program will provide fully funded literacy and vocational courses to all adults who register in the Shama traditional area. Mrs. Ntim encouraged learners to take advantage of the opportunity to grow their business acumen in order to contribute to the overall growth of the Shama and the Ghanaian economy. Western Regional Director of the Ghana Non-Formal Education Division, Mr. Mensah, reiterated the importance of literacy in the fishing community’s conduct of business and highlighted learning vocational trades as an avenue to combating low revenue during slower seasons and protecting themselves against low stock periods.

“This is the first in a series of initiatives that the Shama Legacy Foundation aims to implement in the fields of education, healthcare and economic empowerment”, Mrs. Ntim said. “We see education as an important starting point as it stands as the heart of Shama’s core issues and presents the most opportunities”. In addition to the Shama Adult Literacy Program, SLF plans to introduce vocational workshops, scholarships, sanitation, mentorship and community development programs within the Shama traditional area.

Located at the mouth of the Pra river in Ghana’s western region, Shama has a population of over 100,000 who are largely dependent on fishing and farming for their livelihoods. The community faces challenges not only in literacy across age groups, but also poor sanitation and waste management, a high incidence of teenage pregnancies and limited access to finance, amidst rapidly declining fish levels.

In alliance with government, private and other non-profit organizations, SLF programs slated for 2016 include JSS and SSS scholarship funds, the Shama Girls in STEM programme, a toilet access programme and refurbished maternal health centre.

About The Shama Legacy Foundation

The Shama Legacy Foundation Foundation aims to improve livelihoods in the Shama Traditional Area and beyond, through a series of tailored programmes, supported by seasoned implementation partners. The Foundation’s focus areas include: Education, Healthcare and Economic Empowerment


Charlotte Ntim
Head of Partnerships & Fundraising
The Shama Legacy Foundation

Source : The Shama Legacy Foundation



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