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Freed from chains of illiteracy after 92 years

By Sowetan reporter | Feb 16, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AFTER 92 years of not being able to read or write, Vuyisile Jonono is revelling in literacy.

AFTER 92 years of not being able to read or write, Vuyisile Jonono is revelling in literacy.

He has just passed his Adult Basic Education and Training Level 1 exams - courtesy of the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve near Grahamstown.

The ABET intervention forms part of the AgriSETA's national ABET programme, which aims to train 15000 pupils on farms and in farming-related industries.

The programme is supported by training solutions provider Media Works.

Jonono proudly describes some of the changes that literacy has made in his life.

"When I collected my pension I used to make a cross like others, now I write my full name. It makes me feel very good about myself.

"I am moving forward now and you would think that this learning would give me stress - but it has done the opposite, it has made me very happy and relaxed. I can clearly see the path that I am on now."

Jonono has been a farm-worker on a goat and ostrich farm near Grahamstown for his entire life.

He has four children and 13 grandchildren. In 2000 the farm was transformed into the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve and a year later adult literacy programmes were introduced for employees.

"I always wanted to learn how to read and write but did not know who to contact, so I was very pleased when the Kwandwe Reserve started this programme," Jonono said.

The ABET programme developed by Media Works was started in 2007.

It is aimed at tackling illiteracy as well as developing computer skills, English proficiency and academic skills in learners.

Training levels are currently at level 1 and 2 but the organisation aims to raise them to level 4.

To date 10 students have received their certificates.


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