Kabompo district commissioner Shatewa Ndumba says Government remains committed to supporting the provision of adult literacy programmes throughout the province.
Ms. Ndumba said although North-Western Province had recorded an increase in literacy levels, a lot still needed to be done as the province still had one of the highest illiteracy levels. She said the need to acquire the skills of reading and writing should be a concern to every citizen as literacy enables people to function effectively in society. She added that literate parents were key to the successful performance of their children in school.
The district commissioner said this in Kabompo yesterday when she graced the provincial commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the International Literacy Day under the theme “Writing the past, reading the future”.
She urged all stakeholders to look for innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the country.
Speaking earlier, Kabompo District Education Board Secretary Rev. Richard Kasoma said hosting the event provided the province with the opportunity for participating districts to introspect and profile literacy within various local communities.
Rev. Kasoma commended the provincial education board for choosing Kabompo district to host the commemoration of the International Literacy Day. He appealed to all stakeholders to take advantage of the timing of the commemoration and plan for literacy programmes for 2017.
Meanwhile, provincial senior educations officer, Miniva Mubita, said Government recognised that the ability to read and write was the foundation to empowering people.
Mrs. Mubita noted that Kabompo district had made positive strides in adult literacy in the province and as such it was the right place to host the event.