29 Aug 2015 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 29 AUG (NAMPA) - The 23rd edition of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture's Adult Learners Week (ALW) was launched on Friday by Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.
The week under the theme 'Literacy the Foundation for Sustainable Societies' will kick off across the country on 01 September and will run until 8 September 2015.
Hanse-Himarwa said her ministry, through the Department of Lifelong Learning has been the driving the force behind the massive literacy programme that has benefited over 500 000 Namibian men and women over the past 23 years.
The programme is aimed at reaching as many people as possible and empowering them by means of writing and reading skills.
Our statistics show that of the 14 regions in our country, literacy stands at 94 per cent and above in nine regions, which is a clear indication that we are on the right track as a nation in addressing adult literacy, Hanse-Himarwa said.
The nine regions she referred to are, //Karas; Hardap; Khomas; Omusati; Oshana; Ohangwena; Zambezi; Erongo; and Oshikoto.
The minister further said that literacy enable individuals to achieve their goals to develop their knowledge and potential to participate fully in their community and wider society.
The theme 'Literacy the Foundation for Sustainable Societies' strongly and pointedly emphasizes that literacy is a basic human need and human right to knowledge, the minister added.
Literacy, she says is a prerequisite to access important information.
For individuals, families and societies alike, literacy is an instrument of empowerment to improve one's health, one's income, one's livelihood and one's relationship with the world. she added.
Education also brings sustainability to all the development goals, and literacy is the foundation of all learning, she said.
The week will see various activities like dramas, plays, poetry and other performances by various choirs and arts groups across the country, with each region hosting it's own activities throughout the week.
Apart from the education ministry, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO), various individuals and other Government institutions will participate in ALW.