Nakuru joins World in marking Literacy Day with calls to equip adult education centres

Nakuru County on Monday joined the world in marking International Literacy Day with calls for concerted efforts in addressing the challenges faced in adult education sector.

Speaking during the ceremony held at Boror Chief’s Office at Salgaa Trading centre, Rongai Sub county of Nakuru, Adult Education officer in charge of Nakuru West sub county Dr. Samuel Muthee called on the national government to put more effort in addressing the challenges facing adult hood education.

He says the adulthood education has been neglected with less being done about it despite the huge enrolment in Adult education centres.

According to the Adult education officer, there has been shortage of teachers for adult education-an issue he says the government should address to ensure the centres are well equipped as they play key role in the education sector.

He admits that adult education has positively changed lives of many and the government should not ignore it even when it comes to the education for all programs being implemented in schools.

The educationist also decrying the poor structures of Adulthood education centres adding that they have been relying on the primary and secondary schools but they cannot at the moment as the schools are full.

“For us to achieve literacy level we need enough staff and more so teachers for the adult education as well as structures. We call on the government to come and address this challenge” said Muthee.

Rongai Sub county Deputy County Commissioner Julius Kavita who attended the function and read the speech of the Education CS Prof. George Magoha calling on parents to take serious matters education.

According to the DCC, without education no development can be realized.He warned Parents too of neglecting their children as far as education is concerned.

“There is no end to education even at old age you can still enroll in the adulthood education so that you can be able to understand some things” said Kavita.

During the event, various Adult education centres were awarded trophies for their best performance with the best students too receiving the same.

International Literacy Day is a day to remind world leaders, influencers and the general public of the current status of adult literacy and learning.

UNESCO has used the phrase “Literacy is the best remedy” in its banners seeing literacy as key to the right for all to an education.

This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’.

The National event was held in West Pokot County led by Education Cs Prof.George Magoha.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Rongai Sub county Deputy County Commissioner Julius Kavita addressing at Boror Chief’s office in Salgaa centre during the International Literecy Day celebrations.

Nakuru Youth Bunge reaching out to learners with special needs

As the World prepares to mark this year’s International Literacy Day on 8th September, In Kenya several players among them national and county governments, civil society and learning institutions have lined up activities towards the day.

The aim is towards realizing strategies that will see achievement of the sustainable development goal number 4- Quality education among others.

This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and skills development’.

In Nakuru County in line with the day, Kenyan National Library service Nakuru Branch in partnership with Nakuru County Youth Bunge Forum is organizing an event that targets 400 pupils from selected schools within Nakuru County.

According to Nakuru County Youth Bunge Forum President Philip Ng’ok, the activity will see the pupils display various literacy skills in line with this year’s theme.

He says the participants will include learners with special needs i.e the visually impaired, hearing impaired and autistic.The activities will include reading sessions, spelling Bee competition, creative writing, storytelling and exhibitions where best participants will also be awarded.

“We are targeting 400 pupils from selected schools within Nakuru County who include learners with special needs who will display various literacy skills” said Ng’ok.

The awards according to Ng’ok will be as; overall trophy(school),reading category(individual),storytelling category, creativity category, special category(3 schools).

He says the success of the event will a great step towards promoting literacy among the youth, children and adults in the community.

It should be noted that despite steady progress made in improving literacy, the world is still home to at least 750 million adults, including 102 million young people who lack basic literacy skills.

Moreover, six out of ten children and adolescents are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics.

This lack of literacy skills is also affecting the Tertiary and Vocational Education Training as many young people entering apprenticeships lack the literacy skills needed to succeed.

According to UNESCO, if no action is taken, many of the estimated 267 million out of school children and young people will be part of the future illiterate adult populations.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Kids being taken through reading session by the Kenya National Library Nakuru Branch Manager Mrs.Purity Mututuku.

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