About 63million Nigerians To Suffer Illiteracy Till 2020

Ajoke Babareke, Abuja

The National Commission for Mass Literacy (NMEC) says it has only made provision for 10 million Nigerians under its basic literacy education scheme planned to hold between 2017 and 2020 if gained government support.

Briefing Journalists in Abuja on the occasion of 2017 International World Literacy Day, the Executive Secretary of the Commission , Professor Abba Haladu ,said under its special basic literacy education scheme, 19 classrooms had been opened in 19 states , to serve as support for youths and Adults to benefit from governments’ basic literacy programmes.

He identified paucity of funds as major hindrance to the development of basic literacy education in Nigeria.

Haladu urged government at all levels to deploy needed political will and provide necessary material support for the eradication of illiteracy in Nigeria irrespective of areas of jurisdiction.

He further reiterated that “At our own level , whatever support we are providing is free and it is in line with implementation of capital project, we rolled out a special basic literacy scheme in 19 States of the federation and we open 19 classrooms, under  the programme we target 10 million Nigerians to benefit from the programme and we solicit the support of the federal government to actualize this projects”

“Non-formal education sector is very important and needs to be accorded needed support in-terms of political will, Nigerians are ready and we should mobilise them to contribute to national development”

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu represented by the Permanent Secretary, Sunny Echono, hinted that 750million adults still lack basic literacy skills while some 264million children and youth are not benefiting from education.

“One way of addressing unemployment and social vices is in the provision of inclusive quality education for all”

“Now is the time for Nigeria to uphold her constitutional provision for equal opportunities to education for all citizens and be actively committed to its pledge as a signatory to the world conference on Education for All, Echono said.

In her message on the occasion of the 2017 International World Literacy Day, The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said digital tools can help expand access to learning and improve its quality.

Bokova added that it is an opportunity to advance Sustainable Development Goals4 on education and lifelong learning for all.

“We need collective action, partnerships between governments, civil society and the private sector are essential to promote literacy in a digital world, Bokova said.”


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