Learners in Turkana empowered with literacy skills  

“I did not know how to read and write. When I joined the Bible Society of Kenya literacy class in March 2019, I was taught how to read and write. [...]

“I did not know how to read and write. When I joined the Bible Society of Kenya literacy class in March 2019, I was taught how to read and write. Now I can preach better and have also been appointed to be a youth Pastor’s leader in Turkana because I can communicate well and lead fellow youth pastors. I am grateful to the Bible Society of Kenya for helping me to read and write. “Pastor Phillip Lotuk.

Learners progressing with their class session

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.

Turkana, for instance, is the second-largest County by landmass in Kenya yet has high levels of illiteracy. Research shows that 80% of adults are illiterate.

In response to this need, the Bible Society of Kenya has partnered with the Church and the government through the Directorate of Adult and Continuing education to empower the Turkana community. We avail learning elements and classes for them to learn basic reading and writing skills in their mother tongue.

Despite the challenges that the COVID 19 pandemic has brought on communities and with learning affected, we began 20 classes on June 5th, 2020, and followed the laid down government regulations. The classes have 514 learners comprising of women and men.

Most of the learners have never stepped into a classroom hence they have challenges in communication, managing their business, and even helping their children with schoolwork. Regardless of the harsh weather conditions in the area and strict cultural practices, the learners show up in large numbers eager to learn.

We desire that these learners just like Pst. Phillip 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 transform lives from the classes. We also pray that the Lord will protect and preserve the learners and teachers during this season.

We thank our partners and supporters for making the dreams of the Turkana learners a reality.

With Ksh 300 per month, you can support a learner to learn how to read the Bible Paybill: 7141769 Account:Literacy

 

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