by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Illiteracy is a major issue many face around the world, and an important aspect of life that many are forced to deal with n a daily basis.
According to global literacy statistics, illiteracy threatens over 785 million adults worldwide with two thirds of the illiterate population being women.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in a move aimed at encouraging greater integration with Muslim women, has launched an English language campaign to help Muslim women in Britain who speak little English or no English at all.
With increasing violence and power exerted by their partners to control their wives, sisters and daughters, those involved say the program will help women to stand up for their rights, speak up and integrate with others in and around the country.
A total of 20 million pounds will be invested into the English classes for Muslim women in isolated communities to help them have access to learning English.
After training in English, the women will be tested on their language skills in October to determine their capability, and whether they have improved in English or need further training to improve their English.
While illiteracy remains a challenge for many, this opportunity will help many illiterate Muslim women and give them a chance to have better communications.