The Happy Africa Foundation and our partners African Impact supported the celebrations this year in Livingstone. On the day we provided the banner, food, and information pamphlets for the community.
With the goal of providing a sustainable Adult Literacy program in Livingstone, the Happy Africa Foundation has recently launched a training workshop with the aim of training Adult Literacy Mentors within the community. The workshops have received a positive response with nine mentors attending the initial sessions.
The World Literacy Day celebrations included a march from the Maramba Old People’s Home to Linda Community School. Cultural dances, drama, singing and speeches were held following the march with a strong attendance from local schools and community members.
Keynote speaker at the event was the Provincial Education Officer who in her speech highlighted the positive impact community groups such as the Happy Africa Foundation are having in promoting adult education.
The Provincial Education Officer went on to encourage adults not to feel discouraged by the people around them and the environment around them. With further knowledge and training, the sky is the limit. Literacy empowers people to make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development, and environmental integration.
According to UNESCO Director – General Irina Bokova, “literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the twenty-first century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy”.
The Happy Africa Foundation has the Community Development Fund in Livingstone which we use to support sustainable community projects such as Adult Literacy.