Achieving SDG4 by fighting illiteracy

By Omara Stephen

Education for All, Literacy can’t Wait”

Lira—17 October 2020: It’s no doubt that children who read for pleasure perform better academically. We shouldn’t leave any gap in childhood growth, let’s engage children in literacy activities to secure their future and safeguard them from challenges that arise from illiteracy.

Besides early reading and writing experiences, opportunities help children to build vocabularies, and literacy-rich-environments which in turn are the most effective ways to support the development of pre-reading and cognitive skills that ensure children are prepared for success in school, including grade-level reading, and throughout life.

It is important to note that the era we are already in is innovative and literacy driven, therefore children and adult literacy should be considered a major priority to ensure copying with the changing era doesn’t affect us that much.

According to UNESCO, Uganda as of 2018 had an adult literacy rate of 76.53%, a 6.33% increase from 2012. While the male literacy rate is 82.66%, for females is 70.84%, showing a gap between the sexes.

Also, Uganda’s youth literacy rate was reported at 89.4% in 2018 according to the World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized sources. This means with a country of over 15 million learners, there is steady progress in the level of literacy rate in the country due to the presence of various organizations, both government and non-governmental organizations tackling the early child education.

I, therefore, call up on government, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, philanthropists and different stakeholders to team up together and fight illiteracy by advocating, planning and funding activities aimed at supporting both child and adult literacy programs worldwide.

With all these in place, we will fight illiteracy and achieve our SDG4 before 2030.

“Education for All, Literacy can’t Wait”

The Writer is an Accountant; writer with TND News, a World Literacy Foundation 2020 Representative (Amb.) of Uganda and an executive at GLCSMS LLC.

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