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International Literacy Day in Turkana County

The International Literacy Day (ILD) is universally celebrated on 8th September on an annual basis. It was first declared on 26th October 1966 by the UNESCO in order to address [...]

The International Literacy Day (ILD) is universally celebrated on 8th September on an annual basis.

BSK learners performing a song during the International Literacy Day celebrations in Turkana County

It was first declared on 26th October 1966 by the UNESCO in order to address on the importance of literacy among individuals, communities and societies. This year’s theme was literacy on multilingualism and inclusivity. This meant that the theme seeks to explore the use of diverse languages and ensure that indigenous languages such as sign language are adapted in the curriculum and any other forms that promote literacy.

The national celebrations to mark the event were held in Makutano Stadium, West Pokot County on the 9 th September 2019. BSK having 20 classes with an enrollment of 587 adult learners participated on the 53rd Turkana County celebrations on 6th September at Napetet Sub- location, Turkana Central.
45 learners representing Lokaparaparae and Loborot BSK centers graced the celebrations withsongs that addressed on the importance of education. Majority of them being women, gave their testimonies through the song on how literacy has helped them to develop and also encouraged their fellow community members to join classes.

The event was attended by the Assistant County Commissioner Mr. Mutemi who was the chief
guest, the Adult and Continuing Education Turkana County Officer Mr. Dominic Ngoko and
alongside Sub-county Education Officers from Turkana North, Turkana Central and Turkana
West respectively.

Mr. Mutemi, the chief guest attributed to the noble work the church is doing in helping the
community through the literacy program. He reiterated to say that BSK has been a major player
in the sector for only 2years and already the impact is being felt. He encouraged the locals to
join the classes for them to be part of the great achievement in development and most
importantly in reading the Scriptures in the heart language and knowing God.

Other stakeholders in attendance were the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar, Share International and
Abundant Life Church who are also involved in the implementation of the literacy program within
the county.

Story by Mutethya Mutweko

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