As former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan once said, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” MCC and the Government of Niger are working to build that bridge for thousands of adults in Niger, where the literacy rate hovers around 35 percent.
When the Niger Compact sought to improve the agriculture and livestock sectors in Niger, it became clear that low literacy rates were limiting the ability to train local farmers and producers and blocked their access to credit. So MCC and our partner MCA-Niger began offering functional literacy and numeracy classes in reading, life skills, health, nutrition, and basic arithmetic in the local languages of Hausa and Zarma. To date, 5,118 people have been trained in the program, 52% of whom are women.
Meet some of the rural men and women who have benefited from the MCC-funded trainings. #literacyday