One third of young Vanuatu adults are illiterate

VANUATU has a low rate of adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) and it is of serious concern says the Chair of the National Adult LLN working group, Sam Samuels.

He said recent research showed that one third of the post-school youth and adult population are literate, one third are semi-literate and one third are illiterate.

Mr Samuel said this data shows a very low rate in LLN and that is a serious issue.

“With this low rate of LLN it impacts employment opportunities and we want to address this issue,” he said.

“We need to improve LLN in all levels in Vanuatu.”

Mr Samuel was speaking during an International Literacy celebration yesterday at VITE.

During the celebration the National Adult LLN working group introduced the National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Framework.

The framework was approved by the Council of Ministers in May last year and was launched on June 6, 2017.

The taskforce was also appointed during that time by the Director General of the Ministry of Education.

During that time COM had also approved the development of a Nation Adult LLN strategic plan, which according to the taskforce will be launched later this year.

Mr Samuel said with this strategic plan and framework in place it will help in improving the LLN in Vanuatu.

In addition to this development the principal of VITE, Ben Boulekouran, had also announced that they are working now with the Bachelor degree courses.

And he believes that in improving the standards of the teachers in this course it will help improve the LLN in schools and the country as a whole.