ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMMES
The adult literacy programme was introduced to address the low adult literacy levels in the community. PLAEP shares the view that illiteracy is both the cause and the effect of many social challenges and has a profound socio-economic impact on low-income households and further perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty due to lack of skills to sustain production or gain them formal employment.
The programmes aims at providing the learners with functional literacy and numeracy skills. A combination of interactive and participatory teaching-learning methods are employed during literacy classes, including:
⦁ Role play (simulations)
⦁ Story-telling and group discussions.
Literacy instructors use real-life examples as the basis for teaching and learning. During learning sessions, learners are divided into small groups and encouraged to brainstorm about issues of relevance to their respective communities. The discussions are then used to nurture speaking, writing, reading, comprehension and word recognition skills. Often, a topic is first presented and discussed in the local language. Thereafter, groups of learners are instructed to work on exercises designed to develop English-language vocabulary, accompanied by reading and writing activities on that topic. Plenty of dialogue work, role play and learning games are used. A similar approach is also used in teaching numeracy, with examples often being drawn from livelihood or income generation activities.