We would be appalled if someone waved a magic wand and took away our literacy. We cannot understand how others may not recognise the value of literacy.
But not everyone wants to be literate – or not enough to take time away from the daily earn-your-living challenge. When one literacy promoter invited poor rural women walking along an Ndwedwe road to join adult literacy classes, she was amazed to be told, “Yes, we will come to your school. How much will you pay us?”