Algeria has embarked on an intensive programme of basic tuition to reduce the high rate of illiteracy among its 13 million inhabitants.
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SV Teacher at blackboard
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CV Text book open
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Initials OJP/AW/MH/1608 OJP/AW/MH/1635
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Background: Algeria has embarked on an intensive programme of basic tuition to reduce the high rate of illiteracy among its 13 million inhabitants. At present an estimated 75 percent of the population can neither read nor write. Government plans to rapidly increase industrialisation has highlighted the need for a more literate society, and young and old students in their thousands are now attending classes in Arabic being in most of the country's 6,000 mosques.
Mosieur Mouloud Kacim, one time counsellor of President Boumedienne, and Algeria's Minister of Primary Education and Religious Affairs, is responsible for the present drive for greater literacy. It is involving little capital expenditure since no new buildings are required and teaching facilities already exist by tradition in the mosques. The first and only expenditure so far by the government has been for the supply of 100 extra blackboards and 100,000 textbooks.
In implementing this policy, M. Kacim is following one of the Koran's main teachings....that it is duty of all Moslems to study. The Algerian Government authorities are hopeful that where now perhaps 25,000 Algerians (of all ages) have begun basic studies in reading writing and arithmetic, and annual target of 100,000 new students will soon be achieved.