About 57% of the inhabitants of Anseba region are now able to read and write thanks to the vigorous endeavors made to eradicate illiteracy. This was disclosed during a workshop conducted in Keren town to assess accomplishment regarding Adult Education Program.
Keren, 5 January 2011 – About 57% of the inhabitants of Anseba region are now able to read and write thanks to the vigorous endeavors made to eradicate illiteracy. This was disclosed during a workshop conducted in Keren town to assess accomplishment regarding Adult Education Program.
The workshop aimed at reviewing the effectiveness of the program, seeking ways and means of taking additional steps towards reducing the rate of illiteracy to the lowest level possible and identifying administrative area that requires special attention in this regard.
The head of adult education curriculum development in the Education Ministry, Mr. Tikabo Aimut, said that a number of nationals, especially women have become beneficiaries of the program and indicated that Anseba is one of the regions that scored effective and encouraging accomplishment in Adult Education Program. The awareness of the society regarding the significance of eradicating illiteracy is also gaining added momentum, he added.
Following extensive discussion on the paper presented, the participants adopted a number of resolutions and recommendation, including the need for setting up a task force at the regional and sub-zonal levels, properly identifying the number of illiterate persons, creating favorable ground for them to continue education, ensuring the participation of both genders in the program and the like.
Likewise, the director general of adult education and media in the Ministry, Mr. Gebrezgi Dimam, stated that various courses would be offered to participants of the program so as to upgrade their academic level. He further stressed the need for all institutions to exert coordinated endeavors in efforts to bring about fundamental change in adult education and training program.
Also speaking at the workshop, the regional Administrator, Mr. Gergis Girmai, underlined the need for carrying out the task with special emphasis on those areas where nationals lead nomadic way of life. To this end, he urged sub-zonal and area administrators to work diligently in combating illiteracy.
Reports indicated that at present over 10,000 nationals are pursuing adult education program in 258 stations, while about 1,766 shepherds under the age group of 9 to 14 who failed to attend class at the right age are presently doing so in 15 stations of 7 sub-zones.