Over 500 000 have benefited from adult literacy programme

01 Sep 2016 08:20am
WINDHOEK, 01 SEP AUG (NAMPA) – More than 60 000 people were enrolled in the Adult Literacy Education Programme over the last two years.
Approximately 27 507 people were registered last year against the initial target of 29 000.
In 2014, 27 734 people registered.
This is according to statistics revealed by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture during the launch of the 2016 National Adult Learners Week.
Speaking during the launch here on Wednesday, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) is vital in adult literacy to accelerate participation.
“ICT has broadened opportunities for people to acquire information, interact, network, address issues of common concern, generate income and participate in society,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
The programme is mainly intended for adults with no educational background, out of school youth, and those with visual and hearing impairments.
She added that ICT-enhanced lifelong learning offers a second chance to girls and women and helps in bridging the gender gap when education, business and employment opportunities are sought.
“ICT provides female and illiterate adults with flexible learning opportunities… which brings them rich digital resources and improves the efficiency and relevance of learning for these special people,” the minister said.
This year’s Adult Learners Week runs from 01 to 08 September and will be held under the theme 'Promotion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in delivering literacy and lifelong learning for sustainable development.'
Registrations for this year’s programme took place in February and the programme ends in November.
So far this initiative has benefited close to 500 000 people since its inception in 1992, according to Hanse-Himarwa.
However, the programme faces notable challenges such as the development of a clear curriculum, books, critically low remuneration of trainers, ensuring improved access for those in remote areas and financial resources.
The access to internet connectivity is another burden for both educators and trainees.
However, Hanse-Himarwa noted that consultations are currently underway with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to resolve some of these issues.