The FSM Adult Education Program (FSM/AEP) is a State Agency, overseeing the development and implementation of the Adult Education Program in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)*. The FSM Adult Education Program was established in 1993 through grant allocated under the National Literacy Act of 1991 (U.S. PL 102-73) which basically amended the Adult Education Act, as amended, rendering the freely associated states* eligible for the federal educational assistance.

A sum of $100,000 was awarded to the Federated States of Micronesia, Department of Education, which consequently led to the establishment of the program office at the national government level and to the hiring of the Adult Education Specialist to manage the activities thereof. Accordingly, the sum was to be used to support and attain the following goals as stipulated in THE ADULT EDUCATION STATE PLAN, FISCAL YEARS 1993-1995, FSM:

Goal 1 Provide comprehensive Adult Education instructional program responsive to the basic employment skills.
Goal 2 Increase enrollment and expand services for special institutionalized gorups.
Goal 3 Establish a means of continuous need assessment of targetted educationally disadvantaged adults.
Goal 4 Promote awareness and involvement with outside agencies and organizations to aaddress the needs of the educationally disadvantaged adults.
Goal 5 Implement special projects and teacher training programs.
Goal 6 Provide leadership for the efficient management and implementation of the adult education state plan.

The FSM Adult Education Program office is currently located within the Division of Federal Community and Foreign Assistances Programs, one of the four (4) main division within the Department of Education, FSM National Government. The department is headed by the Secretary of Education, Dr. Catalino Cantero, who directs the four divisions' administrators, including Mr. Yosiro Suta, who heads the Division of Federal, Community & Foreign Assistances Program. The Adult Education Specialist directs the Adult Education Program which is located within the aforesaid division. Refer to the chart as follows:

Pursuant to its approved State Plan, the Department opted to utilize at least 50% of its total state allocation for the establishment of its administrative unit and the recruitment of the required personnel to implement the said plan. The remaining 50% was used to initiate an Adult Education pilot project which became known as the Pohnpei Campus General Education Development Project (GED Project) at the College of Micronesia-FSM. The GED Project has been expanded since 1993 and is currently developing its plan for the next two years, aiming to increase its enrollment and expand services to the rural communities. (Refer to the Program Page for more information on the type of program services offered through the GED Project.)

The Department is currently employing one Adult Education Specialist, Mr. Wehns Billen, on a Special Service Contract (C96001), as the sole staff to direct the FSM Adult Education Program at the national government level. Activities relating to the establishment of the program at this said level include, but not limited to, the followings:

Fiscal Years Fiscal Year 1993 Fiscal Year 1994 Fiscal Year 1995Fiscal Year 1996
Federal Amount:$100,000$100,000$100,000$100,000
Local Amount:0000
Totals:$100,000$100,000$100,000$100,000

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