Islamabad - Adult and childhood literacy centres will be set up at Allama Iqbal Open University to promote education at primary and middle level, vice chancellor Dr Shahid Siddiqui revealed on Monday.

He said that the AIOU Executive Council had formally approved establishing two such centres. The VC was inaugurating second phase of adult literacy programme.

The first phase of three-month adult literacy programme was conducted last year in August and November. It enabled the illiterate employees to learn some basics of reading and writing, both in Urdu and English.

Dr Shahid Siddiqui said that through the adult and childhood literacy centres, the university would be able to expand literacy network in the country. These will serve as a model to teach those who could not avail the schooling facility at their early age, he added.

Initially, the facility of adult literacy is available for the university’s employees at the main campus. Later, it would be made available at university’s 44 regional offices. The adult literacy programme is aimed at making their daily life comfortable and more productive.

The initiative is aimed at capacity-building of the staff, enabling them to deliver the best in performing their official duties. The facility is free of cost.