09 Sep 2015 15:10pm
OSHIKASHIKA, 09 SEP (NAMPA) Oshana Regional Councillor for the Ondangwa Constituency, Kaushiweni Abraham says the Namibian Government is prepared to provide education and training at all levels for its citizenry.
Abraham said this on Tuesday while speaking at the Oshana Annual Regional Literacy Day celebrations at Oshikashika village in his constituency.
He pointed out that the government provides education and training through formal education, literacy programmes, the Namibia College of Open Learning (Namcol), vocational education and the Community Skills Development Centres (COSDEC).
It is because education is the key to development, and academically-trained citizens are in a better position to take their country to the next level, Abraham said.
He added that Government at independence in 1990 introduced the literacy programme or adult education so that educationally marginalised citizens can also have the opportunity to be taught how to read and write free-of-charge.
Calling on all illiterate people to join the adult education programme, Abraham emphasised that the Namibian nation will not realise its developmental goals if the majority of its population remains uneducated.
He noted that illiteracy in Namibia is mostly a result of long distances to schools, child labour and the then liberation struggle conflict.
The Adult Literacy Programme commenced in Namibia in 1992 and it reportedly recorded countrywide coverage of 27 398 literacy learners in the 2010/11 financial year.
The principal of Mamanya Primary School at Oshikashika village, Petrus Netope told the celebration gathering that regions which have marginalised communities like the San community recorded a low percentage of literacy education performances in the same period.
These regions were Kunene with 58 per cent and Omaheke with 74 per cent.
During the celebrations at Oshikashika, Hafeni Hangula, who is now a Grade 12 learner at Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School in Ongwediva, and Ester Andreas, who is now a literacy promoter, were introduced as literacy programme graduates.