A total of 308 adults have graduated from a seven-month literacy program in the second intake which was provided free of charge. Apart from literacy, the graduates were also trained in improving agriculture, hygiene and social wellbeing.
The programs were offered by Global Civic Sharing Rwanda (GCS-Rwanda), a South Korean project which started in 2010 offering literacy programs to Rwandans to usher them into self-development.
During the graduation which took place over the weekend in Kamonyi district, Southern Province, the Director of GCS Rwanda, Seunghoon Woo lauded graduates for joining literacy programs and requested them to apply acquired knowledge in their daily lives.
“You can now read, count and write. I would like to remind you that acquired knowledge can be forgotten if you don’t practice,” he advised.
Seunghoon reiterated that fighting illiteracy must be individual motivation other than waiting for partners.
Nkurikiyimfura Appolinaire who spoke on behalf of literacy graduates said the acquired knowledge will help them transform their lives, use mobile technology and make budget planning in their households.
“We have acquired a lot from literacy programs. We can read the Bible and use telephone. We thank you for having planned to train more residents in the third intake enabling those who missed previous courses to benefit from literacy programs,” he said.
The executive secretary of Nyarubaka sector, Mugambira Etienne reminded graduates that learning must be a continuous journey.
“Graduating is a good step inducing delight for everyone but this is one phase completed. Learning never ends. You have to take your education further,” he said.
The majority of 30% illiterate Rwandans are adults but the government is relentlessly working with partners to eradicate illiteracy.