Effects Of Literacy Activities On Natural Resources Management: Experiences from the Uganda Rural Literacy and Community Development Association (URLCODA)

Dr. Willy Ngaka
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Literacy is a concept that is hard to understand, with its uses, levels, and relevancy difficult to determine and whose direct linkage to development hotly contested amongst scholars. However, this should not stifle efforts to search for more evidence in areas where it has done some good job.

This paper highlights some of the positive contributions from literacy activities towards improving the natural resources management practices of some local communities in the rural area of northwestern region of Uganda.

Using the experiences from URLCODA, it argues that in areas where the population is faced with acute land shortage, soil erosion and degradation, water crisis, deforestation, and wood fuel crisis, the adoption of some environmentally-friendly natural resources management practices through well-structured literacy activities offer a credible solution. Through this approach, literacy participants are equipped with skills of effectively utilizing good agro-forestry, fisheries, fires, pests, and general soil conservation practices, which gradually lead to the sustainable use of the environment.

Hence, efforts must be made to support such practical, rural-oriented innovative ways of structuring literacy activities that will in the long run save the population from environmental catastrophe. Through such approaches, participants will not only be seen to be acquiring literacy skills, but also be directly and collectively contributing towards solving the problems that affect their entire community.

Keywords: Literacy, Natural Resources, Natural Resources Management Practices, Local Communities, Local NGO, URLCODA
Stream: Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Contribution of Literacy Activities to Natural Resources Management (NRM), The

Dr. Willy Ngaka

Doctoral Student, School of Comm. Dev. and Adult Learning, University of KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa

Ref: L05P0385