SARAWAK’S literacy rate is still low at 92% compared to the national figure of 93.5%, says Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.
Speaking after launching a “Train-the-trainer workshop: Adult Literacy” programme, the Sarawak Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Minister wants more literacy programmes to be organised.
“Sarawak still needs to run this adult literacy programme either by the Sarawak State Library, Kemas (Community Development Department) or other bodies.”
Fatimah said the programme, which is carried out in both urban and rural areas in the state, would help children to learn to read.
It will also help the elderly who did not have the opportunity to go to school.
The Dalat assemblyman urged those who could not read to come forward regardless of age and take part in the programme.
“It is not easy for someone who is old and not good at reading to come forward because there is a feeling of shame,” she said at the launch held at a hotel in Sibu.
“But there is no need to feel ashamed so please come and take advantage of this opportunity to learn.”
Also present was Sarawak State Library chief executive officer Japri Bujang Masli.