A two-day workshop conducted here in the capital in connection with International Illiteracy Eradication Day stressed the need for exerting coordinated endeavors on the part of all institutions towards eradicating illiteracy once and for all. Asmara, 10 September 2010 – A two-day workshop conducted here in the capital in connection with International Illiteracy Eradication Day stressed the need for exerting coordinated endeavors on the part of all institutions towards eradicating illiteracy once and for all.
Two study papers highlighting the endeavors being made to this end in the country were presented at the workshop. The papers indicated that over 30% of the Eritrean population cannot read and write, and that about a quarter million children are not yet attending classes. In this connection, the study papers underscored the need for taking concerted action so as to realize the envisaged objective of reducing the level of illiteracy from 10 to 15% by the year 2015.
Reports released by the Education Ministry on various occasions pointed out that thanks to the activities carried out to eradicate illiteracy in the post-independence period, about 600,000 adults have managed to read and write, and that the Adult Education Program is designed in such a way that lays solid ground for further academic and vocational training opportunities.
Noting that education has a vital role to play in the effective implementation of development programs in the country, the workshop stressed the need for exerting still more endeavors so as to register gratifying outcome in this regard.
Speaking at the workshop, the Minister of Education, Mr. Semere Russom, stated that more emphasis would be given to the task of properly inculcating the habit of basic reading and writing in children, youths and adults.
The head of adult education and media department in the Ministry, Mr. Gebrezgi Dimam, said on his part that illiteracy eradication campaign would be enhanced in all parts of the country with special emphasis on nationals leading a pastoral way of living.
The participants of the workshop adopted a number of resolutions and recommendations for the success of the program.