FUNCTIONAL ADULT LITERACY
Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) is one of the programmes SI Lira club is undertaking. It has so far been launched in two locations namely Ayamo in Barr Sub County and in Akany in Amac Sub county. Progress has been made with a volunteer facilitator from the communities. Members of the Club supported the women participants with scholastic materials which included Exercise books, pens, rubbers, sharpeners and chalk.
The FAL programme is conducted in the Primary schools in Amach and Akany. These are the locations where the Club distributed the home made re-usable sanitary towels. It was easy to access the community members because when the Club reached out to the girls, the club members requested the girls to come with their mothers. While the issues concerning the girls and their education was discussed with the mothers, the members also found the opportunity of talking to the mothers about FAL and introducing the FAL programme to them.
The mothers were very enthusiastic about it, enrolled and are actively participating. They meet twice a week that is on Tuesday and Saturday in the afternoon every week. We also used the same opportunity to talk to the mothers about girl child education and how they can support the girls to stay in school.
The FAL programme is facilitated by volunteers from the community. They highlighted the need for a black board to be used during school days as those for the school would be in use by the pupils during school days.