Malawi Thursday joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Literacy Day under the theme ‘Reading the past, writing the future’with goal of creating awareness on the importance of education.
Speaking during the commemoration ceremony which was held at Champiti Primary School ground in the area of Traditional Authority Champiti, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr Emmanuel Fabiano said education is a catalyst for development, hence government’s continued commitment in providing education services at all levels.
“Government appreciates the need for supporting education services and as such it promotes among other interventions, the establishment of early child development centres which provide reasoning stimulation to children before they are enrolled into the formal primary school education system,” said Dr Fabiano.
He said government was working tirelessly to ensure that Malawian access quality education from early child development centers up to university level.
The minister also said government puts special interest in adult literacy programme, saying the programme provides education opportunities for people who had no chance to go to school for various reasons.
Dr Fabiano then appealed to illiterate adults to start attending adult literacy classes for the development of their households and become productive citizens of the country.
“Illiterate people cannot actively participate in development initiatives at all levels, therefore adult literacy programme need to be supported and utilized, if we have to increase the number of literate people,” he said.
“Government’s efforts can only be successful if all stake holders join together in creating awareness on the need for education, encouraging children to go to school and providing education services,” he said.
Earlier, Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Patricia Kaliati said illiterate people are easily abused, cannot defend their rights and usually are economically challenged.
“Most people who are illiterate in the country are women and that is why women are always marginalized in all spheres of development starting from household level,” said Kaliati.
According to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are 758 million adults who cannot read or write and two thirds of them are women.
International Literacy Day was set aside by UNESCO in 1966 and is commemorated on September 8 annually.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA