The orientation session led by Dr. Adom Ghartey commenced with an overview of the workshop’s expectations and the valuable contributions participants would make toward the goals of the board. Several attendees expressed their readiness to support progress in any capacity, while others aimed to assist in structuring and operationalizing the board. Participants recognized the opportunity to share knowledge and positively impact their respective regions through their involvement on the board.

Mr. Asumadu, the CEA director, expressed his intention to learn from the board members while contributing his expertise to the complementary education program. The chairman of the CEA board emphasized the importance of establishing synergy between the board and management and ensuring harmony between the board chair and members.

Dr. Ghartey then presented an overview of the CEA, describing it as a school of second chance that provides opportunities for individuals, particularly children, to attain literacy and numeracy skills. He emphasized that the CEA complements other agencies in the Ministry of Education. Mr. Asumadu demonstrated how the CEA helps students progress to the tertiary and TVET levels through the Competency-Based Education (CBE) program. Students aged 8-16 attend the CBE program for nine months, after which they proceed to primary 3 or 4 based on their performance during the assessment. Upon completion of the program, students gain proficiency in reading, writing, and numeracy in their local language. Dr. Ghartey mentioned that the CEA also offers Occupational Skills, Remedial, and Functional Literacy programs.

During the session, Dr. Adom Ghartey highlighted the opportunities available to board members, including learning from stakeholders, collaborating and partnering at various levels, and sourcing expertise to enhance program design and implementation. Board members will also have the chance to secure funding support and collaboration from development partners and organizations. Various additional opportunities were mentioned for the board’s benefit.

Dr. Agyemang Frimpong from the Public Services Commission delivered a presentation on the legal aspects of serving on a national board, specifically focusing on “Corporate Governance.” He emphasized the need for board members to be proactive in their duties, as they would be held accountable for any issues that arise. Dr. Frimpong advised the board to ensure timely submission of reports and highlighted the importance of having a structured framework for effective board functioning. He further explained the roles of the board chairman and the board members, emphasizing compliance with relevant laws, rules, and legislation.

The facilitator discussed corporate governance principles, emphasizing the board’s accountability to the appointing authority. Transparency, avoidance of conflict of interest, and adherence to a code of conduct were highlighted as crucial elements. Governance challenges were addressed, and effective approaches for board functioning were discussed.

The orientation session provided participants with a comprehensive understanding of their roles and responsibilities as board members, while also outlining the CEA’s goals and programs. The legal aspects of board service were emphasized, emphasizing the importance of accountability, compliance, and good governance practices.