A Non-governmental Organization (NGO) dealing with the welfare of children has said it will always partner with the Government to improve child literacy levels in remote rural areas and other parts of the country where literacy levels are low.
Save the Children country director Tamer Kirolos said it was imperative that Government and NGOs such as Save the Children joined efforts in improving child literacy levels in various parts of the country so that it could set the stage for a learned future generation.
Mr Kirolos was speaking yesterday at Nkana Basic School in Lufwanyama district on the Copperbelt during the commemoration of the International Literacy Month where the NGO donated books to the school.
“Save the Children is happy to be part of the International Literacy Month commemoration which is being observed in Lufwanyama today (yesterday). As we commemorate this day, we would like to partner with Government in improving the child literacy levels in remote rural areas and other parts of the country. We believe that if we partner with Government in improving child literacy levels, then we will go very far in achieving our objective of changing the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives,” Mr Kirolos said. He also said his organization had come up with a local theme which is “Family involvement is Key.
“This is because we believe that we have to work together with the community to help children to develop their full potential. We are therefore appealing to the families to be fully involved in the education of their children.
He also said his organization was working in collaboration with the Lufwanyama District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) office to train teachers in new methods of teaching so that they could be familiar with skills to teach reading and writing.
“May I also mention that we have 16 reading camps which are fully operational and are equipped with reading materials,” He said.
And Lufwanyama DEBS Matrinah Mpande said Government was grateful that NGOs like Save the Children were partnering with the State to improve literacy levels in Lufwanyama district.