Non-Formal Education

In the period 2009 – 2013, Non-Formal Education sub-sector has seen development with the literacy rate for the age group 15-24 increasing to 91.5% in 2011. The number of literacy classes has decreased from 2,141 in 2009 to 1,500 in 2011 (a drop of 30%) and the number of literacy learners has decreased from 52,078 to 34,964 (-32%)with a participation rate of only 2.8% of the illiterate population in 2011. The number of Community Learning Centers increased from 154 in 2009 to 321 in 2012 although a number are not functioning. The number of skill training classes has increased markedly from 154 to 667 with the skills being handicraft (35.8%), hairdressing/make-up (19.5%), dance/music (15.1%), machine (12.7%) and other skills. Re-entry class learners decreased from 26,176 to 21,366 slightly below the current ESP target of 22,000 learners per year. The policy and institutional framework has been strengthened with a NFE policy review and a NFE sub-technical working group established with clear terms of reference. A NFE capacity assessment and mapping exercise was completed as was a review of the re-entry program and guidelines prepared for the NFE-MIS and Equivalency Program.