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What is Basic Adult Education?

Basic Adult Education has as its aim the eradication of illiteracy in South Africa where more than 3 million people are illiterate. Through the Adult Basic Education Program the government hopes to create a more productive workforce and also to ensure a lower level of unemployment because of illiteracy. There are four levels of Adult Basic Education Training to ensure literacy in numbers, languages, communication, basic life skills, natural sciences, economic sciences, arts and culture, life orientation, human sciences, and technology. Once the worker has attained specific levels, he or she can progress to more advanced courses. In addition Basic Adult Education is provided in areas such as health care and tourism. The training is the first step towards a more stable workforce for the country.