|Artisan partners deeply engaged in their studies.|
This June, five additional partner cooperatives enrolled in Indego Africa's literacy training programs. This brings the total number of cooperatives participating in literacy training to nine. In addition to expanding the number of cooperatives involved in literacy training, Indego Africa fully revised the English literacy curriculum to ensure cooperative partners have the most advantageous learning outcomes. While English literacy training continues apace at Cocoki, Twiyubake, and Abasangiye, English is now also taught at the Ingenzi Knit Union (IKU), and Imirasire. Kinyarwanda (Rwanda's native language) literacy trainings at Twiyubake, Abasangiye, and Covanya elevate the literacy capacity of the least literate women.
Indego Africa’s English literacy programs have a strong record of success and consistently soar beyond all expectations of progress. For example, when English literacy was first implemented at Cocoki in 2008, none of the artisans could speak English. By 2011 that number had increased to 61%. Indego Africa's educational trainings are the first adult literacy program in Rwanda to focus on the functional applications of reading and writing instruction in both English and Kinyarwanda. Recognizing the significant need and demand for literacy training, Indego Africa aims to further expand and improve upon its programs to the fullest extent possible.
As Rwanda transitions from Francophone to Anglophone, the importance of English literacy training grows. Seeing the need for its artisan partners to become competitive in the local and international market, Indego Africa prioritized English literacy trainings in the “Hand Up Training” program. As partner artisans gain proficiency in “doing business” in English, they also gain the independence required to engage international export markets on their own terms.