JLIS abstracts

KEDEM (Kosi A)


KEDEM (Kosi A). Libraries as Partners in the Fight to Eradicate Illiteracy in Sub-Saharan Africa . 16,2;1991;87-101

The paper examines the situation and the causes of adult illiteracy in Africa . Argues that traditional public libraries have not succeeded to help eradicate adult illiteracy. Suggests the establishment of special Adult Literacy Libraries, which can effectively help in the fight against illiteracy. The paper stresses the importance of stocking these libraries with suitable and adequate reading materials, made easily accessible to new literates at the village or rural community levels. Because of poor economic state of African countries the paper urges organisations and institutions in developed countries to provide adequate funds for the establishment of Adult Literacy Libraries, which is the only sure way of helping the new literates retain their literacy.