Mushelenga wants men to participate in adult education

08 Sep 2018 13:10pm
IIYEKEYA, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga has called on traditional leaders in the country to go out into the villages to encourage men to join the adult education programme and become literate.
Mushelenga made the call at Iiyekeya village in the Omusati Region’s Otamanzi Constituency on the occasion of the regional Literacy Day commemoration on Friday.
Mushelenga said women are significantly joining the programme to be educated and become literate, but men continue to be ignorant and only a few of them attend adult education classes in the villages.
The Namibian government in 1992 introduced the Adult Education Programme as an opportunity for citizens who missed formal education, to be taught how to read and write.
“The Adult Education Programme is not only about learning how to read and write, but has additional benefits of knowing how to read a bank statement, the Bible and helping one to sing from a Hymn book along with fellow worshipers,” noted Mushelenga.
He expressed disappointment at some men “being too illiterate” and going to the extent of abusing their wives for attending adult education classes and accusing them of only paying attention to such classes and doing nothing at home.
“Therefore, I am calling on headmen to go around the villages and encourage these sorts of men to join the programme and become literate,” stated the minister.
The programme’s Senior Education Officer, Matheus Gabriel told the media on the sidelines of the commemoration that some 3 700 students have been enrolled for adult education in the Omusati Region this year and 90 per cent of them are women.
Altogether, literacy stands at 88 per cent in the region, he said.
“Men are being ignorant and reluctant to join the programme, despite the fact that many of them cannot read and write,” said Gabriel.
The programme has 268 promoters in Omusati.