Northern Province Rates Poor in Literacy

by Mickey Kavera – EM TV, Port Moresby

An adult literacy coordinator with Anglicare PNG based in Popondetta, Northern province has sounded the alarm over the poor literacy among adults in the province.

In his presentation during the recently concluded CIMC Southern Region Development Forum in the province, Carson Evari, mentioned that most of the adults lack proper literacy skills.

He said, most of the participants enrolled in the adult literacy program in the province were grade 10 and 12 school leavers who are expected to have good command in literacy.

However, the program has identified that this is not the case in reality.

Most of them are still struggling with the basics in understanding literacy contents.

He said, illiteracy is now a big problem in the province.

The Anglicare Adult Literacy Program was initiated initially to help people understand awareness materials on HIV and AIDS.

But as it turned out the programme has impacted lives by educating and improving their literacy skills not only to understand awareness materials but other informative materials as well.

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