…as Zambia’s Literacy rate stands at 53.3 %

Minister of Education Douglas Siakalima has pleaded with all stakeholders, among them members of the community, teachers and parents to join hands with the ministry of education in ensuring that they promote education by supporting literacy programs.

Speaking when he officially opened the 12th International Blennial Pan African Literacy for all, Conference on 19th October 2021 at Mulungushi International Conference Center in Lusaka, under the theme ‘Repositioning Literacy in the Context of Emerging Global Challenges and Opportunities for Africa’, Hon Siakalima says every child is entitled to quality education regardless of their social status, stating that literacy plays a fundamental role in enhancing quality education.

“Zambia‘s literacy rate currently stands at 53.3% with the illiteracy  much more pronouncing females and males while adults  illiteracy stands at 86.7% these numbers are very alarming”. Said Hon Siakalima

He says government under the leadership of President Hakainde Hichilema has prioritized education as a means of achieving rapid social economic development, and one of the key ingredients for job creation. Hon siakalima further says improving literacy levels among Zambians is cardinal if Zambia is to meet its developmental growth.

Meanwhile, speaking at the same event Bank of Zambia Director Non Bank Supervision Fridah Tamba says financial literacy is key in the development of any nation because it helps to have people who have good understanding with some of the key concepts with financial management, among them earnings, savings, Investments and using financial products.

“If you cannot read and write, this will directly impact your capacity to be financially literate and contribute towards the development of the country like ours”. Said Ms. Tamba

She says that financial literacy and capability is the confident understanding of financial concepts, among them earning money, spending money and being able to use financial products and services.

She added that financial literacy anchors on basic literacy as well, stating that if you are not an literate person, you cannot be financially literate.

And representing ChildFund Country Director, Doras Chirwa thanked the Ministry of Education for facilitating the hosting of the conference, stating that the role it played shows the commitment to achieving learned literacy outcomes which are critical of any country.

She added that, the contribution financial support from Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and business entities is a clear testimony to improve literacy levels in Africa.

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