The Pentecostal Church of Rwanda (ADEPR) in Rubavu district has made a commitment to promoting adult literacy programs and called on adults, especially senior citizens to join the program as a way of promoting the social welfare of residents.
The call was made by Pastor Charles Ndizey, the coordinator of the church literacy program during the graduation of 85 senior citizens in ADEPR Mahoko diocese located in Rubavu region, in the western province of Rwanda.
The graduates, who ranged above 40 years of age, received their certificates of merit amidst excitement and jubilations. They also demonstrated their skills of reading and writing and hailed the ADEPR church for its support.
The group said that the certificates will compensate for what they lost during their teenage years and enable them to become better citizens in the community.
One of the graduates, Daforoza Nyirahabimana, 50, said: “I have never felt any better than having this certificate in my hands. We wasted and lost a lot because of not attending school as teenagers, but this is compensation for now”
The district executive secretary, Esperance Dukundimana hailed the Pentecostal church for its contribution in promoting education in the community, and said that this achievement would enabke the district to meet its development goals.
Dukundimana said that the church run projects have improved the lives of the residents especially in social welfare aspects. Some of the other activities besides adult literacy include: sponsoring education for over 280 children, providing health insurance and free cows to vulnerable residents.