Basic Education Department Bags UNESCO’s International Literacy Award


For its Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy campaign, the Department of Basic Education has bagged UNESCO’s International Literacy award.

BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the 2016 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy is for the department’s Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign.

And, will be handed over to the Department at a ceremony scheduled to hold in Paris on Thursday, 8 September 2016.

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The Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga will be represented by the South African Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Rapulane Molekane.

Molekane will receive the award on behalf of the department and country.

It’s a usual practice for UNESCO to award International Literacy Prizes to outstanding and innovative programmes that promote literacy.

This year, UNESCO’s awards was designed to recognize global achievement under the theme – “Innovation in Literacy.”

The award jury indicated that the Kha Ri Gude programme is a well-developed mass literacy campaign that applied scientific research on how illiterate adults read.

To them, it’s impressive that Kha Ri Gude since its inception in 2008, taught urban and rural based adults in 11 official languages. And, has reached 4.7 million South Africans.

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Relating this, the Department of Basic Education acknowledged the efforts of those who have been involved in Kha Ri Gude over the past eight years.

“…This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the officials as well as the volunteers and participants of the Kha Ri Gude mass literacy campaign.

To date the campaign has touched 4.7 million people across the country and focuses on basic literacy and numeracy skills for people who were never afforded the opportunity to learn to read and write,” stated the department.

According to the department, Kha Ri Gude was launched to fulfill the ambitions of the Freedom Charter.