2018 Adult Learners’ Week in West Pokot County
The Kenya Adult Learners’ Association held the 2018 Adult Learners’ Week Celebrations in West Pokot County. This was the second time West Pokot County hosted the event. The Learners’ Event was held between 3rd and 6th September 2018, back to back with the ILD on 7th
As part of the ALW, a meeting with the County Education Minister, Madam Christine and officers from the Directorate of Adult and Continuing Education, led by Deputy Director, Edita Mugera.
KALA delegation comprised of National Chairman, Donati Kinyaka, National Coordinator, Magdalene Gathoni, Nyanza and Western Regional Representatives and the Secretariat staff.
The meeting deliberated on the purpose of the ALW in West Pokot. KALA has taken a leading role since formation in 1990, to supporting adult literacy and economic empowerment activities in the country. These activities relvolve around health, human rights, women empowerment, environment conservation, micro-enterprises, e-reading, functional adult literacy and peace education among others, in different parts of the country.
During the week long event, over 100 adult learners from West Pokot were trained on how Functional Literacy enhances Economic Development, and Resource, Community Mobilization and Monitoring & Evaluation for ACE. The learners were also taken through KALA’s five Year Strategic Plan (2018-2022) and how it impacts on their participation in national development and adult learning.
An e-learning demonstration was conducted, where the learners experienced the use of an e-reader kindle, which has relevant content for adult and young learners alike.
The interactive session allowed learners to point out the recommendations for future participation in ALW and articulating their perspectives in Adult Education. Some of the recommendations revolved around policy implementation, acess to adult learning, community participation to adult education programmes, adequate provision of literacy materials, data collection and documentation of success stories.