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Press Statement, 11 September 2019
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande to address the International Literacy Day event tomorrow in Welkom
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande will today Saturday (14 September 2019) address and celebrate the International Literacy Day at the Welkom City Hall (Ferdi Meyer) in the Free State Province. The NUM President Joseph Montisetse will also address the event. The other stakeholders who will be part of the event are the NUM, MQA, UASA and Harmony Gold. The International Literacy Day will be celebrated under the theme “Thuma Mina Through Adult Education and Training (AET) to the 4th Industrial Revolution". The celebrations will be celebrated and linked to the achievements and importance of Adult Education and Training (AET).
The objective of the event is to encourage new entrants, learners who are currently in Adult Education and Training (AET) programmes and those who have completed their AET training to continue their education.
International Literacy Day is celebrated globally in September to highlight the need for continuous sustenance of literacy education, especially amongst adult learners. The NUM, UASA, MQA and Harmony Gold are placing greater efforts to promote adult learning and this is a flagship event through which efforts are made to encourage companies to register more learners on Adult Education and Training (AET) programmes and encourage learners to attend classes. Achievements in AET programmes are key to unlocking more possibilities for the workers to improve their education.
The NUM, UASA, and MQA have previously formed partnerships with several mining and minerals sector stakeholders to promote the significance of AET as a means of advancing to improved standards of lifestyles, such as access to knowledge and better working opportunities. Literacy programmes contribute to productivity, health, and safety and empower employees in the mining and minerals sector.
The MQA is a skills development administration organisation for the mining and minerals sector established as a result of the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996 and a Sector Education and Training.
The details of the event are as follows:
. Venue: Welkom City Hall (Ferdi Meyer) in the Free State Province.
. Date: 14 September 2019
. Time: 9 am.
The media is invited to attend and report
For more information, please contact:
Olehile Kgware, NUM National Education Secretary, 078 144 3325
Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM National Spokesperson, 083 809 3257
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Twitter: @Num Media