In Ethiopia, International Literacy Day was celebrated throughout the country last Saturday (8 September) to mark a new literacy campaign.
In Ethiopia, International Literacy Day was celebrated throughout the country last Saturday (8 September) to mark a new literacy campaign. Captain Fikre-Selassie Wogderess, the Secretary-General of the Provisional Military Administrative Council (PMAC) conducted classes at two schools in Addis Ababa as an expression of government support to the literacy programme.
SYNOPSIS: Captain Wogderess was greeted by a delegation at the school in Addis Ababa. International Literacy Day has been observed in many countries since 1965 following a resolution at a conference of UNESCO ministers of education. It's aim is to encourage the world's illiterate people to make an effort to learn to read and write. This is the first year Ethiopia has actively supported the campaign During his visit Captain Wogderess was shown some of the schools teaching facilities.
Captain Wogderess told the students, many of them adults, the government was pleased with the response to the literacy programme. He said that only with the commitment of the people could illiteracy be completely eradicated. And his message to the students, written on the blackboard was "Ethiopia will not be a land of illiterates."
Captain Wogderess also said that illiteracy was an obstacle to other social progress. When people could read and write, he said, their living conditions also improved. Mothers who could read would be able to take better care of their children and improve their general health.
Ethiopia's literacy campaign is not only reaching out to young adults who never went to school. Here Captain Wogderess meets an old man who is finally learning to read and write. And this new ability will no doubt help him understand the changes currently being brought about in the country.