Literacy Project for Rural Women in Battambang Province
Being literate for a woman is especially crucial as it is often the women that take care of the families and children. If a mother does not know how to read, it is impossible to read the ingredients on a package of food or medicine. Studies also show that if the mother is literate she is more likely to send her own children to school and make sure they get an education. About 759 million adults still lack literacy skills. Two-thirds are women. The International Literacy Day global celebrations therefore focuses this year on the transformation literacy can bring to women’s lives and those of their families, communities and societies.
UNESCO is working with the Ministry of Women's Affairs (MoWA) to run a literacy programme in Battambang province focusing on empowerment of rural women. The programme is led by the MoWA in collaboration with the Provincial Office of Education of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS), in Battambang Province. The second year activities have started in March 2011 by the team of MoWA to review the existing lessons to be used by the literacy teachers in delivering the literacy classes. 10 literacy teachers who have been trained last year were invited to attend a six-day refresher course at the province. 10 literacy classes have opened in early May 2011, with presented of the national team at the opening of the classes. The result of this activity will contribute to achieving of EFA Goal