In 2014 the first ever Chiyawo Bible was produced and launched. There was excitement among Yawo speakers that they can now read the Word of God in their own language. However, a good number of the speakers do not know how to read and write.
In order to make the Chiyawo Bible an open book, the Bible Society has embarked on a Chiyawo Literacy program.
The materials production workshop was held and was very well attended by local chiefs, local interested parties in literacy as well as district government education officials from Mozambique. The event was marked by a high degree of enthusiasm and a strong spirit of cooperation. The workshop lasted four weeks.
During the workshop, a linguistic study was conducted to determine those letter most frequently used to make words. Primers and teacher’s guide were produced.
It is expected that the literacy program will run for eight months in 2017 and will have a total of 60 classes.
The workshop was conducted by Mr Rudy Klaas, SIL Consultant.