ERIC Number: ED445182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
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Adult Literacy in Zanzibar.
Saadat, Ahmed H.
The philosophy behind adult literacy in Zanzibar is that adult literacy is a process whereby the illiterate is empowered to become aware of his or her potential. Literacy activities emphasize a relation to work, sometimes known as functional literacy. Specific objectives of literacy programs are to improve living conditions, impart self-reliant knowledge and skills, eradicate illiteracy, make people conscious of government policies, and advance people to the best of their ability. Classes are conducted wherever premises are available. Literacy programs have included wiping out illiteracy in female co-operative groups; eradicating illiteracy among fishermen; establishing literacy classes in agricultural zones; and launching literacy classes in residential areas. Literacy programs use different methods and techniques, but are frequently guided by the principle of active education. Global and semi-global methods relating the learning of reading and writing with understanding of a message are increasingly widespread. Major problems in achievement of the government's goal of eradicating illiteracy are teacher shortage, curricula, lack of research, traditional assessment, materials shortage, program relevancy, and permanent buildings. Future plans include classes for the disabled, linking literacy programs and primary education, inservice teacher training through distance education, and alternative programs for dropouts. (YLB)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Community Schools, Developing Nations, Dropouts, Empowerment, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, National Surveys, Numeracy, Political Power, School Community Relationship, Teacher Shortage, Teaching Methods
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Identifiers - Location: Tanzania