• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE PROBLEMS FACING THE GOVERNMENT OF KENYA IS THE DESPREAD ILLITERACY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    ONE OF THE PROBLEMS FACING THE GOVERNMENT OF KENYA IS THE DESPREAD ILLITERACY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. NINETY FIVE PER CENT OF THE POPULATION CAN NEITHER READ NOR WRITE.

    NOW A YOUNG ACCOUNTS CLERK, AYUB ADEBO HAS STARTED A ONE-MAN CAMPAIGN TO CUT DOWN THE COUNTRY'S RATE OF ILLITERACY. HE HAS STARTED AMONG THE STAFF OF PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS -- BY RUNNING CLASSES FOR WAITERS, COOKS, GUARDS AND CLEANERS.

    AT FIRST FEW TURNED UP. IT WAS CUTTING ACROSS AFRICAN TRADITIONS THAT A YOUNG MAN SHOULD UPSET THE ESTABLISHED SOCIAL ORDER BY GIVING INSTRUCTION TO HIS ELDERS. GRADUALLY, THOUGH, THE BARRIERS BROKE DOWN.

    NOW ADEBO, WORKING IN HIS OWN TIME, IS GIVING SPARE-TIME LESSONS TO A CLASS OF 40. AS WELL AS TEACHING THE RUDIMENTS OF READING AND WRITING HE IS ALSO TEACHING ARITHMETIC.

    ON THE NIGHTS WHEN HE HAS NO CLASSES HE TOURS COMMUNITY ENTERS AROUND NAIROBI GIVING FREE INSTRUCTION.

    SO FAR ADEBO'S EFFORTS HAVE ATTRACTED SOME NOTICE FROM THE KENYA GOVERNMENT. ONE OF HIS RECENT VISITORS WAS A HIGHLY IMPRESSED SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MR. HUMPHREY SLADE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA578V92KL1Q587BQBINVZDGUMY
    Media URN:
    VLVA578V92KL1Q587BQBINVZDGUMY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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