Functional Adult Literacy Trims Domestic Violence in Kabarole

Some of the FAL graduates for this year share their joy

Women in Kabarole district have praised the Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) program for reducing the cases of Domestic Violence in their area.

This was said as Kabarole District celebrated the International FAL Day at Kabende Primary Dchool, ed in Kabende Sub County on Friday, which was held under the theme: “Achieving Peace in the minds of men and women.”

At the event and over 150 women graduated and received certificates.

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FAL which is run under the Ministry of Gender is a literacy program that focuses on linking literacy to people’s livelihoods and needs. The programme incorporates skill-specific training, in addition to literacy and numeracy, and attempts to link the two to show learners how literacy is important and can be used for personal development in their everyday lives.

Kabarole district chairman Richard Rwabuhinga hands a certificate to one of the graduants

Kabarole district chairman Richard Rwabuhinga hands a certificate to one of the graduants

The target group for the programme is anyone over the age of fifteen, who had missed the opportunity of formal education during childhood. A large range of people are targeted, including men and women, older people and youths, and specific groups of marginalized people such as prison inmates, those who are disabled and ethnic minorities.

Jessica Twinamasiko, of Kabende Women Empowerment Project consisting of 13 FAL classes said, FAL classes have helped women get educated on matters of income generating activities, personal hygiene and homestead sanitation improvement which have helped reduce cases of Domestic Violence.

Kabarole women say FAL has reduced domestic violence

Kabarole women say FAL has reduced domestic violence

She her speech which she gave in English, she narrated that before FAL classes were introduced in the sub county, cases of domestic violence were rampant due to poor income in homes, poor sanitation, unlike today were many women have been empowered economically.

Rose Katusabe another FAL grandaunt disclosed that they have been sensitized to test for HIV/AIDS together with their husbands, fighting unemployment through engaging in income generating projects, caring for their children and sending them to school.

She recounts that before they entered FAL classes, cases of child neglect, irresponsibility in families and fear to test for HIV was the order of the day and this caused fighting among couples.

The program is still dominated by women

The program is still dominated by women

Joyce Kabasambu, secretary for Hakibaale sub county FAL Classes says in addition to studying, Angels Havens a Korean NGO supported them in projects like zero grazing, piggery, goats and livestock farming.

Presiding as chief guest, the District Chairperson Kabarole Mr. Richard Rwabuhinga expressed disappointment over the low number of men embracing the FAL classes.

He said out of 400 FAL students in Kabarole district, 340 are women and only 70 are men.

Mr. Rwabuhinga challenged men in the district especially in Kabende, Hakibaale , Karambi, Busoro, Harugongo among other sub counties to embrace the program.

He asked the government to start paying the FAL instructors that have been serving voluntarily for the program to have meaning.




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