Illiterate adults living in all districts of the country have been urged to patronize adult literacy classes in various centers across the country as it is one of the basis for development.
The call was made by Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Hon. Grace Chiumia on the commemoration of the International Literacy Day (ILD) held on Saturday, 8th September, 2018 at Manyamula Skills Centre ground in Mzimba district.
Making her remarks the Minister who was also the Guest of Honour appealed to illiterate adults to start attending adult literacy classes that are available in their communities as this is one of the ways of enhancing development at both household and national level.
“It is important for adults to acquire reading and writing skills as it will be easy for them to support their school going children in their studies,” said Chiumia.
Furthermore, the Minister indicated that if men and women utilize these literacy schools, the illiteracy which currently stand at 35% will go down.
She however bemoaned the tendency of most men who are shunning these classes. She encouraged them to take lead in this initiative which will help them in their various endeavors.
The event which was attended by T/A Mbelwa, government officials, other dignitaries and community members was commemorated under the theme “Literacy and Skills Development” coincided with the graduation of one adult literacy class at Manyamula,the venue of the event.
The commemorations in Mzimba which had activities like traditional dances and various displays, were preceded by a press briefing the Honourable Minister on 5 September 2018 in Lilongwe, airing of radio jingles, and publication of press releases.
Since 1966 UNESCO member states, like Malawi, have celebrated the International Literacy Day with the aim to sensitize and mobilize international public opinion and to elicit interest and active support for literacy activities which is one of UNESCO’s major preoccupations since its first General Conference in 1946.