Abisai urges men to join literacy programme

06 Sep 2013 07:40
OMAALALA, 06 SEP (NAMPA) – The Councillor of the Oshana Region’s Ongwediva Constituency, Vinia Abisai has called on Namibian men to join the Namibia National Literacy Programme.
Speaking at the Oshana Annual Regional Literacy Day celebration at Omaalala village in his constituency on Thursday, Abisai urged men to join the programme, which has mostly female members.
He explained that the literacy programme is a Government-created platform geared at giving citizens who have missed formal education opportunities the chance to gain reading and writing skills.
Abisai at the same time encouraged people who did not have the chance to obtain a formal education because of various reasons, to embrace the programme.
He mentioned colonial oppression and parents expecting their children to look after cattle as some of the reasons why some citizens are not in possession of a formal education.
“The Namibian Government at Independence realised the need for the introduction of a literacy or adult education programme to benefit those who could not attend formal education previously,” Abisai noted.
He went on to tell those who attended the Literacy Day commemoration that Namibia is ranked fifth amongst the 52 African countries with regards to literacy education.
“Don’t let what you’ve obtained through the literacy education programme go to waste. Rather utilise it to make a contribution towards the development of our country,” the Ongwediva Constituency Councillor stated.
Speaking at the same event, Councillor Kaushiweni Abraham of the Oshana Region’s Ondangwa Constituency urged graduates of the literacy programme, especially younger people, to obtain vocational training “in order to achieve professionalism”.
One of the beneficiaries of the programme in the Oshana Region, Toini Amunyela, commended Government for coming up with an education programme which has enabled her to read and write at the age of 65 years.