More than 23,000 beneficiaries of adult education programme during 2018/2019 school year
15/07/2019 16:44, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- Director of the Literacy and Adult Education Programme, Hichem Ben Abda, said on Monday that 23,480 people benefited from the literacy programme during the 2018/2019 school year, an increase of 6.16% over the previous school year.

In a statement to TAP, Ben Abda said that "the percentage of women participating in the literacy programme is estimated at 80% (18,717), including 4,703 from rural areas.

Ben Abda considered that the increase in the number of beneficiaries of the literacy programme is mainly attributed to the improvement of the polarisation index aimed at developing the sector in structural and legislative terms, stressing that a special programme had been approved in the previous period, aimed at accelerating the rate of literacy in the north-western and central-western regions.

"The establishment of specific partnerships at the national, regional and international levels and the creation of model centres in the regions has also contributed to this improvement," he added.

He pointed out that 7,992 learners had passed the social education certificate examination for the June 2019 session, including 7,124 had passed, for a success rate of 90%, 2,030 of them from rural areas.

Ben Abda explained that this certificate is awarded to all learners who have spent two years in literacy programmes, the first year being called the base year and the second, an additional year, which allows them to move on to the next phase, a stage in which the results of their studies are valued as part of an approach combining writing, reading and social skills, with the aim of integration into the economic development system.

The Adult Education Literacy Programme courses are taught by 1,149 teachers, including 116 social education teachers, and take place in 969 centres.

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