Nandi County joined the world to celebrate International Literacy Day, which seeks to remind the public of the importance of the literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.
The function was held at the Golden Gates College, Kosirai under the theme; “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide.”
It was led by Chesumei Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Diana Wekesa, who represented the Education Principal Secretary (PS) Julius Jwan and County Director of Adult and Continuing Education Mr, Jared Koseso.
Speaking during the event, the Director said the county had a total number of 3801 adults and continuing students recorded in various adult education centres across the county, out of which 1633 are males and 2174 are women while recording a daily attendance of 1735.
Mr Koseso noted that learners under the programme gained knowledge and skills on income generating and value addition activities such as farming and businesses.
“Through the adult education, some have even secured jobs in various institutions to better their lives,” added Mr. Koseso.
Despite the numerous achievements recorded, the Director noted that there have been challenges which have affected the adult education department.
The challenges include inadequate learning resources such as laboratories, few adult instructors and lack of capitation from the government.
“The government should waiver examination fee in adult school just like other public learning institutions because adult centres are also public institutions,” noted Mr. Koseso.
In the Speech read by the DCC on behalf of the PS, it reiterated that Covid-19 pandemic crisis has brought to the fore the digital divide that exists around the world, and in particular, in developing countries.
Although the government adopted digital literacy during the pandemic, it was not widespread as it was expected.
“This occasion affords us an opportunity to relook at the role digital platforms play in sustaining and expanding the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills when normal educational environment is disrupted,” read part of the speech
It also noted that the role of literacy cannot be over emphasised, adding that literate people are able to make informed decisions on various issues.
He said that in the field of agriculture, literate members of the community are able to access information on good agricultural practices and in business circles they are able to keep records of business transactions hence enabling them to monitor their progress.
“Literacy is also critical in health matters. A literate person understands prescriptions for medicine and is able to read clinical wall posters on a visit to a health facility,” added Jwan