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State keen on achieving education MDG – Kaingu

KAINGU

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
MINISTER of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Michael Kaingu says his ministry is committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing illiteracy by 50 percent, especially among women.
Dr Kaingu said literacy is an important determinant for sustainable societies as it transforms people’s mind-sets to become more responsible.
He said this on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) on Tuesday night during the launch of the international literacy week, which is being celebrated under the theme ‘Literacy and Sustainable Societies’.
“Literacy is not just about reading and writing and doing simple arithmetic. It is a unique and powerful tool for eradicating poverty,” Dr Kaingu said.
He said educated societies are better placed to keep pace with development.
Dr Kaingu said his ministry has taken steps to address the illiteracy challenges in the country, among them revising the school curriculum to promote reading at an early stage.
A national policy on adult literacy has been developed, and, in addition, schools are conducting adult literacy classes.
“My ministry continues to strengthen the effective implementation of the 2003 re-entry policy, which allows girls who get pregnant to get back to school after delivery,” he said.
He said the task of reducing illiteracy is too enormous for Government alone to undertake.
Dr Kaingu said individuals need to reflect on the important role literacy plays in sustaining societies and in the achievement of both the MDGs and sustainable development goals.

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