In any Adult Literacy Programe, it is crucial to support adults, with low literacy rates. Increasing their self-esteem and help them recognize what they can do and accept improvements in their lives and skills, however small. 47.5
When you start an adult literacy programe, it will not be easy initially as it may raise eyebrows. 52.2
Therefore, before an adult literacy programe starts, lots of elements need attention such as the needs of the community & all available resources. 24.3
Parts of Adult Literacy.
Reading: to be able to read fluently and confidently.
Writing: to write in a clear and accurate language.
Math: Ability to perform basic mathematics operations 66.1
English as a Language:
Gaining command over essential listening, speaking, reading, & writing skills, for who English is not a native language.47.5
Uses of Literacy
In other words, adults should have three equally important reasons to pursue a literacy programme. 39.3
First is to become better parents, secondly improve employment situation, finally to become better citizens.16.7
How to plan an adult literacy program?
Without a doubt to start a literacy programme, a community needs funding and organizations backing to tackle it. 25.7
The best scenario is to do things in an ideal way, a drive to change & follow the real needs and desires of learners and community, and with the experience of what works best. 58.00
Step 1: Assemble a Planning Team.
- Literacy organizations (Literate Pakistan Foundation)
- The representative of community organizations (Lions, Rotary, Pakistan youth forum)
- Schools and other institutions (The Citizens Foundation)
- Business communities (National Foods, ICI Pakistan)
- The faith community (Eva Church)
- Community representatives (Youth Point, Lyari Vocational Training Institute).
This helps to get accurate information about the community creating community ownership of the program.
Step 2: Assess the Need
Once the planning team assembles, the next step is to observe the community to determine the nature of the community’s most urgent literacy needs.29
Step 3: Design a programme to meet the demand
There are four stages when designing a programme:
- Which program will be suitable according to time, resources, and learner’s needs?
- What are the program’s assumptions?
- What will be the selection criteria for the teachers?
- What will the program look like? 65.1
Step 4: Effective Evaluation
A useful evaluation is vital to keep to the goal and philosophy; it started with. 52.5
The areas worth evaluation are:
- Number of students recruited for the program
- Number of students retained attendance throughout the program
- Retention of students to achieve their educational goals.29.5
In conclusion, an Adult Education Programme does not encompass only reading and writing; it is crucial to understand literacy’s real needs in a particular community or people.