INCREASING the illiteracy rate in cities remains a priority of the Government, non-government organisations and churches, PNG Bible Translations Organisation Literacy Volunteer Trainer Hanson Pato says.
He said 80% of the people still could not speak fluently, read, write and understand the main languages which qualify someone to be literate.
The languages are English, Tok Pisin, local vernaculars or Motu.
“Proper awareness is needed to distinguish the word literate so that people understand what it means,” he said.
“Misunderstanding leads to misperception among people.
“There are cases where people can speak and write English but cannot write and speak Tok Pisin
“Literacy should be reading to understand and not just reading and writing.”
He said cases were usually found in settlements but it did not mean people in the city were better off.
“Many people we discover can read and speak but they lack understanding,” he said.
“Being literate isn’t always the answer. All human beings have the social, spiritual, mental and physical aspects to be a holistic individual,” he said.
“It is important that churches, NGOs and the Government must work together to bring forth these aspects in people’s lives to improve them.”
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