UNESCO has said Malawi’s adult population should access education in a language they speak in order to understand what they learn in class.

Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay said this during the commemoration of international literacy day at Nsenjere primary school in Nkhotakota under the theme literacy and multilingualism.

Azoulay said there is need to formulate policies that can promote local languages in adult education

In her remarks Minister of gender, children, disability and social welfare Mary Navitcha said is impressed with adult literacy initiative because it will help the country to develop if people are literate.

“We decided to hold the commemoration in Nkhotakota as it is one of the districts which are making progress in adult literacy classes,” Navitcha said

She said government is planning to reduce challenges that adult literacy sector is facing such as non-payment of teachers.

During the commemoration National Library Services donated books to Nsenjere primary and secondary schools as well as a health centre.

Speaking in an interview director of the services Gray Nyali said the books would help students and adults to improve reading culture.

Nyali said “we are willing to reach out to all districts in the country to improve literacy levels.”

50 adults who have graduated received certificates at the commemoration.

One of them Magret Chidimba expressed happiness for completing her classes.

“I had thought of attending adult literacy classes because she did not know how to read and write,” said Chidimba

She said can now read and write without problems after attending the classes.