They were given certificates and basins as presents

They were given certificates and basins as presents

For ADEPR (the Association for Pentecostal Churches in Rwanda) to be the leading church to teach illiterate congregation church members how to read and write does not mean it has many illiterates.

This was clarified by Pastor Thadee Cyiza in the Southern Province ADEPR region during the function to give certificates to 238 newly literates after 6 months of training.

“It is not because EDEPR has a great number of illiterates in its congregation but because we owned to the problem and decided to teach anyone who likes to read and write” he said.

He asked the newly literates who were given certificates to use the knowledge they have acquired and work towards development and keep on learning.  Apart from reading and writing, these adults were given courses about working in cooperatives and the role of women in development among others.

Marie Chantal Mukangenzi a 37 year old woman who was given a certificate too says her life has changed completely after learning how to read and write as she is no longer lost of directions as it was always the case with her.

Aloysia Mukandayisenga the education officer in Busasamana sector says before introduction of adult classrooms, this sector had a great number of illiterate people. With the training provided by many organizations and especially ADEPR, the sector has less than 200 people who cannot read or write and this is yet to be done with and illiteracy will be eradicated completely.

In Nyanza district, statistics shows 668 adults have already learnt to read and write with the introduction of Education for All Adult Classrooms in 10 sectors.




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