ALGIERS –  Thursday, 07 September 2023 (APS) – The National Office for Literacy and Adult Education (ONAEA) has digitized literacy teaching content as part of its drive to introduce information and communication technologies (ICT) into the teaching process.   

In a statement to APS on the eve of International Literacy Day (September 8), ONAEA Director Kamel Kherbouche said that the office had digitized all literacy manuals in the form of applications via its website, as part of the introduction of information and communication technologies into the teaching and learning process.

Kherbouche emphasized that this approach was intended to “activate the measures taken in literacy programs through the adoption of modern means to support face-to-face courses with distance support mechanisms for the benefit of literacy class teachers and learners.”

The same official said that the office was planning to launch a digital platform containing data on how to access literacy classes, enrolments and quarterly results.

“Thanks to the combined efforts of the ministerial departments, sectors and associations concerned, the illiteracy rate has fallen considerably,” said the same official, specifying that it was “7.40% in 2022.”

Since the launch of the national literacy strategy in 2008, literacy classes have enrolled over 5 million learners, of whom 3.6 million have received a literacy diploma, i.e. 70.68% of the total number enrolled nationwide, he recalled.

For the 2022-2023 school year, the number of learners enrolled in literacy classes hit 300,969, with a majority of women (91.42%), supervised by 12,585 teachers.

Since the start of the current year, 748 graduates of literacy classes have been integrated into distance learning and a further 218 into vocational training, said the official, noting that 511 blind people were enrolled in Braille literacy classes.