A NON-Government organisation, Solomon Islands Peace and Traumatic Counselling Centre (SIPTCC) is organising its second literacy training.
A weeklong training of trainers is in progress at the Development Services Exchange (DSE) centre, China Town.
The training which started on Monday and ends tomorrow, aims to equip more people to carry out literacy trainings in communities.
Founder and director of SIPTCC Pastor Ishmael Idu said meagre literacy has been a major challenge to a lot of issues.
“Around 70 percent of the country’s population is illiterate, therefore to help curb the issue, messengers must be sent out and as such, SIPTCC has been training various youths and leaders from various communities to go and conduct trainings and workshops in their respective regions, communities and villages.”
Pr Idu said a literate society can thrive successfully as there are numerous advantages.
More than 20 people are undertaking the current training of trainers.
They are expected to be armed with strategic knowledge of conducting similar literacy trainings after completing the TOT training.
Most of those attending the training are those who completed education at secondary level.
One participant said a lot have been learned so far and hope more people can benefit from it when they extend trainings in their communities.
“This is a genius initiative by SIPTCC given the fact that those who are already illiterate in the rural areas have no hope in being literate again, but with this training, those in such category can benefit at the rural level.
Pr Idu said SIPTCC is looking at conducting more training throughout the country in the future.
“Our next will be in the Western Province towards the end of this year.”
By LESLEY SANGA