Nairobi, KENYA: A report released by Twaweza East Africa indicates that 90 % of mothers in North Eastern region cannot read a standard two level story.
In a press statement during the world literacy day on Thursday,the report indicates that pupils from the region are as well affected; whereby a standard two pupil from Central is seven times likely to solve a standard two problem compared to a pupil from North Eastern.
The report also indicates that 45% of mothers across the country are unable to read a standard two English story .
“As we celebrate the World Literacy Day, we need to be conscious of the millions of Kenyans who cannot even read or write an SMS. The situation is serious and pretty humiliating, especially for mothers and young people in marginalized areas.“ Dr. John Mugo, Director of Data and Voice at Twaweza said
Dr Mugo said that to save the generations, it is important everything possible is done to ensure that every child completing standard 8 in Kenya has acquired sustainable literacy skills to push them through life.
“In achieving this, we will not achieve different results by doing more of the same, but through commitment to ensure that children left behind are taught at their level so that they may catch up.” DR Mugo added
The findings revealed that literacy level among mothers is significant to a child .
“Kenya’s development trajectory that is Vision 2030 will only be achieved if we urgently focus our energies on ensuring that a significant proportion of children and adults access education opportunities. A literate society will stimulate economic growth of the country.” Dr. Emmanuel Manyasa, Manager of Uwezo Kenya at Twaweza said.