|Functional Adult Literacy - Curriculum (German Adult Education Association - UNICEF - UNESCO, 1996, 65 p.)|
The Government of Uganda has the conviction that illiteracy and inadequate basic education deprive the people of the opportunity to realise their potential and to contribute constructively towards local community and National Development. It is therefore committed to providing for non-formal and adult education with the following objectives:
(i) Attainment of permanent and developmental functional literacy and numeracy;
(ii) Acquisition of functional skills relevant to fife in the community;
(iii) Development of national awareness of individuals; and
(iv) Continued learning while at work and at home.
To go about this task systematically, the government has started with a pilot project for which this Curriculum has been produced. The aim of piloting is to try out approaches and methods, develop ideas and skills for literacy work, build institutional capacity and gain experiences for such work.
This Curriculum is the result of carefully planned systematic work involving a Needs Assessment Survey by experienced writers, language experts and specialists in the different programme areas who did the work with great commitment. I therefore recommend this Curriculum for use in the Integrated Non-Formal Basic Education and in other programmes to which it is relevant.
I thank all those who have contributed to prepare and produce this Curriculum. In particular, I thank the Director for Community Development and his staff; the Co-ordinator, Functional Literacy Programme and his staff; and all those who have been involved in this task from the line ministries, organisations and institutions, especially the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Institute of Adult and Continuing Education at Makerere University and the National Curriculum Development Centre.
I thank in a special way those organisations which joined hands with the government to finance the preparation and production of this Curriculum. specifically: United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and German Adult Education Association (DVV). Their contribution has helped us to accomplish an important phase of the task and we hope they will continue beside us in carrying out the next phases.
Finally, I call upon all those who will use this Curriculum to put it to the best use possible so that they do justice to all the efforts, money and time which have gone into making it available. Even the best tools will produce results only when they are properly used.
M. Baguma Isoke,
Minister of State for Gender
and Community Development.