Huambo – Angolan minister of Education, Mpinda Simão, stressed the importance of literacy for citizens in order to achieve goals outlined by the Angolan government, aimed at combating poverty and hunger.
Addressing the ceremony to launch special literacy campaign, under the slogan "literate Angola, Angola on the march," held in the central Huambo province, Mpinda Simon said he was pleased with the involvement of local government in the implementation of the strategic plan to revive the literacy of citizens.
The official also considered the literacy as fruitful way to achieve the goals outlined by the Angolan government in the social field.
The minister, who started Monday his visit to the central highland province, said the revitalisation of the programme also aims to give greater dynamism to the literacy.
This will allow respect of principle of education enshrined in the Law No. 13/01, as well as international commitments, particularly those relate to the objectives of the millennium, the official added.
Mpinda Simão also recognised that there are still challenges laying ahead despite efforts focussed on significant reduction of illiteracy rate.
"We hope to reduce the illiteracy rate by less than 25 percent by 2017, through the implementation of revival strategy of literacy”, stressed the Education minister.