Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education on Wednesday in Kano mentioned that Nigeria has about 60 million illiterate youths and adults.
Adamu, who was represented by Mr Prinzo James, Deputy Director, Fundamental and Secondary Schooling, Ministry of Schooling, mentioned this on the 2018 Worldwide Literacy Day Celebration.
He mentioned out of this determine, females accounted for practically 60 per cent of the inhabitants, whereas a complete of 11 million youngsters have been out of faculty.
In accordance with him, the growing low stage of literacy expertise achieved by the tens of millions of learners who accomplished some formal faculty training, made the state of affairs extra sophisticated.
Adamu mentioned the current state of affairs referred to as for pressing consideration because the nation strives to make sure the attainment of SDGs by 2030.
“With these unwholesome statistics in our arms, it turns into evident that concerted efforts are required as a way to speed up the processes for combating illiteracy amongst youngsters, youths and adults.
“Subsequently, each effort aimed toward bringing collectively a number of stakeholders needs to be dedicated to advancing literacy and lifelong studying, will obtain help of the ministry of training.
“The Ministerial Strategic Plan for training sector has thought-about the significance of youth and grownup literacy and gave the sector a major place within the doc.
“I wish to guarantee you that preparations are underway by the Federal Authorities to launch a Nationwide Mass Literacy Marketing campaign with a view to addressing the excessive charge of youth and grownup illiteracy within the nation,” he mentioned.
The minister mentioned that the theme of the 2018 Literacy Day “Literacy and Expertise Growth ” was apt, as the worldwide pattern was on ability growth for teens and adults.
He mentioned literacy should be taken past the cognitive area to the essential stage that imbues the citizen with pondering expertise and purposeful literacy.
The UNESCO Consultant, Mr Stephen Onyekwelu, mentioned UNESCO was impressed with the fervour the Kano state authorities has proven within the space of literacy and Non-Formal Schooling.
Onyekwelu mentioned the brand new Worldwide expertise acquisition centre which has 22 completely different expertise, was a sensible instance of literacy and expertise acquisition.
He urged varied states to take a cue from what the Kano state authorities did within the space of expertise growth.
Onyekwelu mentioned the problem of literacy was not solely in Nigeria however a worldwide drawback.
He, nevertheless, mentioned the problem was with the brand new wave of expertise and the way the previous folks could be taught the 21st century calls for of technological innovation.
He referred to as for stakeholders help within the struggle towards illiteracy, saying it was not simply the accountability of the federal government.
Dr Garba Abari, Director-Normal, Nationwide Orientation Company (NOA), mentioned literacy might do way more in Nigeria than every other message anybody might preach.
Represented by Mrs Metto Edekobi, Director State Operations, he mentioned that “to counter insurgency, literacy should try and ignorance should die.”
Abari mentioned the employees of the NOA have been accessible to help NMEC in all their programmes, and that the company would companion NMEC to extend the extent of literacy.
He advocated for the introduction of civic training in literacy centres, calling on everybody to help the federal government and NMEC by educating the illiterates of their varied communities.
NAN reviews that the Worldwide Literacy Day is well known on Sept. eight yearly as declared by UNESCO.
This yr marks the 52nd anniversary of Literacy Day