The write stuff. Enabling adults to grasp basic literacy skills such as reading, writing and numeracy, opens up a world of hope and opportunity. Adult literacy groups often go on to become involved in development activities like savings and loans, training and starting micro-businesses.
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Learning leads to a hopeful future
If you’re illiterate, there are many barriers to leading a full life. You can’t help your kids with their homework or start your own business. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to do things like open a bank account or advocate for government assistance. And your sense of worth and confidence is often affected, because you feel disempowered and vulnerable.
TEAR’s partner MDP Kaberamaido (the development arm of the PAG Church) in Uganda is working with communities to help develop their future through its Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) project. In their literacy classes, adults learn the valuable and empowering skills of reading and writing in their local language, as well as basic numeracy. Women are a focus for the program, as well as vulnerable groups in the community including those with a disability.
After the 9-month course, those in the literacy program can then take an exam and go on to graduate to a Self-Help Group, where they will learn about savings, loans and bookkeeping. After this, some have the opportunity to do the post-FAL program, where they can learn English, opening up even more opportunities.
Your gift of adult literacy is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
About our partner – PAG Kaberamaido
PAG Kaberamaido is part of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church in Uganda. Its Mission Development Program runs programs that focus on the socio-economic growth, development and transformation of communities.