“Malawi, Mozambique lagging in Adult Literacy” says DVV
By Our Reporters
A German non governmental organization DVV says it is saddened with lack of serious investments in adult Literacy Education in both Malawi and Mozambique.
Regional Manager for Southern Africa at organisation David Harrington said this in Lilongwe on the sidelines of a Media workshop on Adult Literacy.
“There is still underfunding of the sector by both countries. Men who take part in Adult Literacy Education are still stigmatised”, lamented Harrington.
He added that as part of intervention measures his organisation has partnered Catholic University to establish a Diploma course in Adult Literacy Education.
As another intervention measure Malawi government through Ministry of Gender,Community Welfare established 10,000 literacy centres nationally. 15 percent teach in English and the rest in Chichewa.
Adult Literacy Education is part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 4. It ensures quality education for all.
Efforts to start Adult Literacy in Malawi started in 1947 with government and churches In 1981 UN agencies United Nation Education Scientific and Culture Organisation(UNESCO) and its Development programme (UNDP) started Kwacha schools in 1981.
In 1986 a National Adult Literacy Programme focusing on information on health, nutrition, agriculture, livelihoods started.
And in 2009 a Mass Literacy programme began.
Malawi’s adult Literacy levels are at 62.14 per cent according to UNESCO. While Mozambique has adult Literacy level of 60.66 according to Knoema, a global data research firm.