Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture, Dr Isaiah Sibanda says there is need to prioritise the education of women and the girl child in order to achieve national development.
He made the remarks at the International Literacy Day commemorations that were held at the Edward Ndlovu Memorial Library in Gwanda, Matabeleland South province.
Dr Sibanda, who echoed the message from the United Nations Secretary General on the investment of literacy in women, said while in the past families prioritised educating the boy child, the country can accrue many benefits from empowering women through education.
He added that this will also help take the country a step forward towards attaining some of the Millennium Development Goals.
Reacting to some of the inspiring success stories of adult literacy, the Director of Non-formal Education in the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr. Elson Huruva encouraged those who failed to acquire an education from formal institutions to enroll for adult classes.
Gwanda High which is among the schools that are offering part-time adult education classes, has recorded a high ordinary level percentage pass rate from its students, thus contributing to the countryâ€™s unparalleledÂ literacy rate in the region.
This year commemorations were held under the theme â€œliteracy empowermentâ€.