The New Times (Kigali)

13 December 2010

Rwanda: Over 350 Gatsibo Adults Complete Special Education Programme

Gatsibo — 355 adults in Muhura Sector, Gatsibo District, on Friday, completed a 15-month adult learning programme that involved learning how to read, write and count.

They were also trained in other fields like hygiene, sanitation and modern farming. The training was organized and financed by AVSI, an Italian NGO operating in Gatsibo District.

Speaking during the handover of certificates, Guido Calvi, on behalf of AVSI, said that the NGO's activities are centred on developmental projects which include training adults on how to read and write.

He urged beneficiaries to always practice what they acquired during the course of training.

"You should practice what you acquired from this training. It is an important aspect you have attained and should go a long way in improving your lives and families," he said.

Marie Louise Uwanyirigira, who represented the sector executive secretary, hailed AVSI for its continuous support in many development projects in the sector and requested for more partnership.

"We strongly thank AVSI for setting up adult learning centres in our sector. This training is a great contribution to our development. With education, these literate adult have been given opportunity in many aspects of life," she said.

61-year-old Yusuf Makaniye, one of the beneficiaries, said that prior to this step, life was hard for him and his family.

"I remember when I lost my wife and could not write death announcement letters to my relatives I was seriously hurt due to lack of literacy skills. But this time I thank AVSI that I can read and write clearly," he said.

Emmanuel Gakwavu, a tutor at one of the learning centres highlighted the need for small libraries that will help in refreshing adults reading skills.

"Small libraries are needed as they will facilitate them in reading since we are worried they risk forgetting what they learnt," he said.

In response, the AVSI's representative pledged immediate construction of small libraries, which, he said, could be ready by January next year.

"I am sure that these libraries will be constructed next year in collaboration with district and sector authorities," he said.

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