Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world -Nelson Mandela-
Education is a very important tool in empowering people both socially and economically. However, some people have never had the opportunity to get even basic education.
In response to this need, the Bible Society of Kenya conducts the adult literacy programme to empower the Turkana community. We avail learning elements and classes for them to learn basic reading and writing skills in their mother tongue.
Currently, the Society has 20 classes with 567 learners. Despite the harsh weather conditions, learners avail themselves to attend class to get empowered with knowledge. The programme has 40 teachers who dedicate their time three times weekly to assist learners to get the best concepts of learning and encourage them to be optimistic.
Some learners who have graduated in the past have undertaken post-literacy learning after completing the 6-month basic training where they learn English, Swahili, and basic numeracy. They also learn short stories in Ngaturkana that help supplement their reading capacity.
Kakuma is one of the new centers where this programme is running. The majority of the learners are refugees who are dedicated to attending classes despite many activities they are engaged in.
Here are some testimonies as shared
’’I got interested in attending classes after I got curious of my friend who used to carry books and leave me to go for classes. I was encouraged to join the class despite knowing that I am from a different faith. I wanted to remind myself how to read and write. I dropped out of school due to a lack of school fees and eventually got married. This programme is a life-changer, my main reason is to learn and especially in the language that I speak which is Turkana.’’ Mrs. Marriane Akai.
“My name is Paulo Ekitalan and am 40 years old. I come from a Village known as Kalokol, near the shores of Lake Turkana. Am currently doing the post-literacy programme where I am learning other subjects e.g. English, Swahili, and basic numeracy. What attracted me to join the BSK adult literacy class to learn. I was a chef in a school and couldn’t get the measures well, therefore making some students miss their meals and this would discourage me. Joining the literacy class has given me the confidence and hope in life that one can make it. I got interested in reading and writing. I now know the value of education and I have encouraged my children to go to school. I have grown even spiritually because now I can read the Turkana Bible.’’ Mr Paulo Ekitalan.
We desire that as these learners progress with their learning, they will be empowered economically but most importantly read the Word of God which is already available in their local language.
We look forward to successful learning sessions and transformed lives from the classes. We also pray that the Lord will protect and preserve the learners and teachers during these uncertain times.