Community Development (also known as Mass Education) was established in 1948
Following the public of the document “Mass Education in African Society” by the Colonial Government in 1944. This document stressed the importance of securing the co-operation and participation of the Colonies in their own development and it also dealt with Audit Literacy. The development was thereon charge with the responsibility to promote and develop the deprived rural, urban and peri-urban communities.
- Provide Community Mobilization and Education.
- Conduct Mass Education Campaigns.
- Youth Skills Transfer Programmes – Integrated Community Centers for employable and sustainable skills training for the youth.
- Home Science Extension Work – Train rural / vulnerable women in entrepreneurial and home management skills.
- Extension Service – The department collaborates with other Ministries, Department and Agencies; e.g. Ministry of Agric, Ghana Health Services etc.
Aims And Objectives
With the broad aim and objective of seeking an improvement in the socio-economic well-being of rural and deprived urban communities, the Department of Community Development pursues the following aims and objectives; –
- To collectively bring about social change and justice.
- Communities to identify their needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities.
- Plan, organize and take action.
- Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the action taken by them.
- Create and facilitate opportunities of communities and local authorities to discuss strategies for addressing their own needs.
- Identify and support community members to take on more active and responsible roles.
- Assist organizations to establish informal networks and ensuring that they take on appropriate structures.
- Set up service strategic fora that bring together people and grounds with a common agenda or similar life experiences.
- Encourage groups to think about people in their communities who find it more difficult to participate in their organization and helping organizations to change on to develop new activities.
Services Rendered To The Public
- Educate community members on hands hygiene.
- Educate various women groups on domestic violence.
- Educate basic school pupils on child abuse and child kidnapping.
- Educate basic school pupils on teenage pregnancy and gambling.
- Educate basic school pupils on child online safety.
- Educate community members on the rights of people living with disabilities.
- Educate women groups on basic financial literacy and customer service.
- Educate community members on parietal responsibilities in accordance to the children Act 1998.