The role played by the Neganega literacy programme and local languages to the development of sustainable adult literacy programming in Zambia.

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Mkandawire, Sitwe Benson
Tambulukani, Kazembe Geoffry
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The University of Zambia Press
This article was an evaluation of the Neganega literacy programme in the southern province of Zambia. Data was collected from a total number of 51 respondents comprising People’s Action Forum (PAF) administrators, students, graduates of the Neganega literacy programme and some members of the community. The researchers employed qualitative research design and the specific research methods used were interviews, focus group discussions and observation. The instruments used were interview guide, focus group discussion guide and observation checklist with the support of tape and digital recorder. The findings of the study revealed that the Neganega literacy programme was meeting its aims, goals and objectives. The programme was teaching different skills such as literacy skills, income-generating initiatives, critical thinking and developing in the learners a sense of responsibility and a spirit of self-sustainability. The programme also Conscientize learners and the community on various issues affecting their lives and suggested means of addressing those issues. It is generally recommended that such programmes needed to be supported and promoted by the government, non-governmental organizations and private individuals as they aid development in a country.
Adult Literacy. Literacy programme. Literacy and sustainable development. Local languages. Role of local languages.