05 Oct 2013 11:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 05 OCT (NAMPA) More than 800 people have benefited from the Adult Literacy Programme in the //Karas Region since 2011.
A total of 860 people graduated with certificates from the programme, with 10 completing the Adult Upper Primary level course last year.
This is the highest level in adult education, equivalent to Grade Seven in formal education, and it takes three years to complete.
The regional head of the literacy programme in //Karas, Enid Christophine Hanze told Nampa on Friday the remaining 850 people completed the three lower levels in 2011 and 2012.
These take one year to complete.
Giving Nampa an update on the programmes progress, Hanze said the graduates were from the literacy districts of Karasburg, Lüderitz and Oranjemund.
The number of graduates on the highest level (10) is low because the programme is voluntary. Some people just drop out at any level, especially when their contracts expire or they retire and return to the North, Hanze noted.
Another challenge is the low attendance at the community centres where the programme is conducted, specifically during the winter months when it is very cold and people prefer to stay indoors.
The workplace centres also struggle with attendance due to the nature of people's employment. They are preoccupied with work and have little time for classes, she explained.
She noted that the graduates were mostly people from northern Namibia who are now working in the vineyards and fish factories in the south of the country.
Other beneficiaries of the adult education programmes are members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).
The //Karas Region had 26 000 illiterate people in 2012.
Hanze indicated that for this year, 340 people have enrolled for the three lower levels, while 302 have enrolled for the highest level of the programme.
The final examinations for all of the participants take place in November.