Schoolchildren during a break at primary school in Chaani Ndogo. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Photo Credit: NurPhoto via Getty Images

Society Tanzania27. February 2024

Illiterate Adults Across the Nation Are Finally Learning How to Read!

Thanks to effective government-led initiatives encouraging reading ability nationwide, Tanzania’s adult illiteracy rate has significantly dropped over the past decades.

The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology announced that literacy among Tanzanian adults went from 78.1% in 2013 to 83% in 2023.

The initiatives put forward by the government include free education policies, adult education programs, and concerted efforts to reintegrate school dropouts. Moreover, authorities extended their outreach to marginalized citizens, emphasizing the enhancement of library services at regional and district levels alike. The government is looking to further the cause of literacy in the country by identifying citizens aged 35 and older who lack literacy skills and establishing well-equipped libraries in primary schools to instil a culture of reading among schoolchildren. As literacy is the backbone of a nation’s progress, Tanzania is eager to empower its citizens with the necessary skills to navigate the world.

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