Without good literacy skills, women have fewer opportunities for success. NAWOU’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Program campaigns to raise awareness of the link between literacy and economic empowerment, and the benefits of creating a society where women are literate. Many women are reluctant to admit to their literacy difficulties and ask for help. One of the most important aspects of supporting women with low literacy levels is to increase their self-esteem and persuade them of the benefits of improving their reading, writing and numeracy. They may also need help to recognize what they can do and acknowledge improvements to their skills, however small.
A participant from one of the women groups translates letter sounds into the local language (Luganda) during the training.
On this basis NAWOU conducted a Training of Trainers workshop on Adult Learning for the 26 women groups we support in Luwero District. The training which run from 18th – 22nd January 2016 aimed at equipping the group leaders with basic reading, writing and numeracy skills to enable women start, manage and sustain their businesses, hence promoting women’s economic empowerment and participation in decision making processes. The trained members were mandated to replicate the same training into their respective groups.
The facilitator, Hope Mwijuka during the training on adult learning.
Business principles such as collective production and marketing, use of calendars, the importance of receipts for financial accountability, record keeping including accounts, documenting all information, creativity, sensitivity on how they communicate to customers and community members about their products and gender responsive leadership skills were emphasized during the training. The women presented challenges of how they had been cheated during their business transactions because they lacked the required knowledge and skills as presented during the training. Practical sessions on how to master counting, the alphabet, writing and how to carry out an adult learning session were conducted. Social challenges such as the use of birth control methods and the community superstitions attached to it were also clarified. The women leaders were urged to support their group members to access information on key development processes, available financial resources and programs, and participation in decision making processes.