Literacy programme receives Unesco Confucius prize

02 Aug 2013 08:00
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Education has announced that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has awarded the Unesco Confucius Prize for Literacy to the Namibia National Literacy Programme.
A media statement issued by the ministry on Thursday said Unesco awarded the prize to the Namibian programme on the recommendation of an international jury, after a submission made by the Directorate of Adult Education in the Ministry of Education.
The awards ceremony for the Unesco International Literacy Prizes will be held at the Unesco headquarters in Paris, France on 09 September this year, during the International Literacy Day celebrations.
International Literacy Day is observed on 08 September, which this year falls on a Sunday.
The national literacy programme was officially launched in September 1992, two years after Namibia gained independence. The programme was built on a long tradition of literacy and adult education dating back to the early activities of missionaries, and on the literacy campaign of the Swapo-Party and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN).
The programme targets out-of-school youth, as well as illiterate and disadvantaged adults. Its aim is to enable them to participate effectively in national development.
The Namibia National Literacy Programme was initially funded by the Dutch, Swedish and Namibian Governments, but is now wholly funded and facilitated by the Government of Namibia through the Ministry of Education.
The international jury in making the recommendation to Unesco indicated that it highly appreciated the determination of the programme to provide basic education to disadvantaged adults and out-of-school youth with a view toward improving their quality of life and to enable them to contribute to community and national development.
The Unesco Confucius Prize for Literacy consists of a silver medal, a diploma and a cheque of US.dollars 20 000 (about N.dollars 200 500).