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Men urged to attend adult literacy classes

Written by  Sam Majamanda

Adult Education Class in session - File Photo

Phalombe, October 25, 2017: Phalombe District Council has called on men who do not know how to read and write to consider attaining such knowledge through adult literacy classes.

Councilor for Likulezi Ward in Phalombe South Constituency, Noel Muzapitako, made the call on Tuesday during a certificate presentation ceremony to graduates of adult literacy education from various adult literacy schools in the district.

Addressing the graduates, Muzapitako, emphasized the importance of knowing how to read and write.

“Most of the times, important information such as agricultural and health instructions come in writing and it becomes hard for one to be asking people to read for them each and every time, that is why knowing how to read, write and calculate is very critical in everyone’s life,” said Muzapitako.

The councilor raised his concern over the reluctance by men to attend adult literacy education saying this was creating a knowledge gap between males and females when it comes to reading and writing.

Out of 4, 759 learners who enrolled for adult literacy classes this year only 379 were males, while 4, 380 are females.

Commenting on the concern, Desk Officer for Adult Literacy Education at the District Community Development Office, Hastings Zakeyu, concurred with the councilor saying  the development is worrisome.

According to Zakeyu, apart from providing knowledge on how to read, write and calculate, the adult literacy programme also seeks to promote gender balance and inclusiveness in development activities hence the provision of lessons to both males and females for free.

“However, this goal seems impossible to achieve as males continue to shun away from our classes,” said Zakeyu.

In his remarks, one of the graduates, Mavuto Damson, from Takondwela Adult Literacy School commended government through the district council for providing people of the district with a second opportunity to acquire knowledge.

Damson said with the knowledge he had acquired, he was sure to conduct a profitable business to support his family since he was now able to calculate profits and losses unlike in the past.

A total of 1, 764 learners sat for this year’s adult literacy examinations in the district and 1, 540 of them passed and were awarded certificates during the graduation.


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