On July 9, about two dozen men and women in the small village of Magaleta in rural Malawi celebrated a life-changing achievement--learning to read. In a formal graduation ceremony, they shook hands with village and government officials and accepted their certificates for completing the adult literacy program organized by the Chiyanjano Community Based Organization.
Supported by PIH’s sister organization in Malawi, Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU, “partners in health” in the local Chichewa language), this certificate program aims to help improve the country’s abysmal adult literacy rate, which hovers below 72 percent. The program is one of several throughout the Neno District that are supported with funding from APZU’s Program on Social and Economic Rights (POSER).
The community put on a huge celebration to honor the new graduates, reported Innocent Mwenyekeni, APZU’s Director of POSER and Community-Based Programs, who was on-hand to help present the certificates. A local band and dancers performed, and the event was covered by the local radio station.