Mandera County government has launched a program that will see illiterate adults trained on reading and writing.

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The program in partnership with the Ministry of Education targets elderly persons who have no formal education.

Governor Ali Roba says the program seeks to fight high levels of illiteracy in the county.

Speaking in Mandera Town on Monday, Roba said that 60 percent of adults aged between 50 and 70 don’t know how to read and write.

He noted that high illiteracy levels have slowed down the country’s economic development.

“We want to make a difference by empowering adults through basic writing and reading skills,” Governor Roba said.

The Jubilee governor urged interested adults to register with the county administration for the program.

He said his government is keen on boosting education standards.

Roba noted that education standards in the county have been dwindling in the past years.

He urged stakeholders to partner and help restore the county’s education and academic performance.