Literacy Leads to Economic Development

vaccinating African sheepLiteracy classes not only help people learn to read and write, but they can also teach other useful skills. The Federation of Guera Language Associations (FAPLG) recently invited specialists from Chad’s Ministry of Agriculture to train literacy teachers in animal rearing and gardening techniques so that these skills could be included in literacy materials. After translating the course content into their languages, the teachers used the informational booklets in literacy classes in their communities. As a result, class members initiated projects to grow vegetable gardens or raise African sheep, including giving vaccinations.

Functional literacy classes of this kind combine a learning activity with an income-generating activity. Participants develop literacy skills while, at the same time, working on projects that can be economically productive. This approach results in educational, economic and health benefits for individuals and their communities.