Federal Government’s onslaught against illiteracy – Education in Nigeria
Written by Esther Omonegbe on January 24, 2020
This renewed push is aimed at ensuring that more Nigerians, especially women and youth become literate.
The Federal Government, in its Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan (2018-22) roadmap document for the sector is pushing to reduce the number of Nigerians that are illiterate this year and eradicate it by 2025.
According to the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC), Nigeria has over 60 million illiterate youth and adults with women accounting for 60 per cent of this figure of Nigeria’s illiterate population.
Youth and adult illiteracy remain one of the social issues in the path of development of the country. To address this, the country must adopt adult education awareness as a necessary tool to enlighten the country.
Also, adult and formal education programmes constitute useful tools for achieving universal basic education, promoting gender equality and women empowerment and improving the health status of Nigerians.
A literate and educated society is the first major step for moving out of poverty-related challenges of insecurity and economic backwardness.
Creating literate environments and societies is essential for achieving the goals of eradicating poverty and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.
As the country desires to resolve its development challenges and compete in today’s fast-changing society, every citizen needs to have a wide set of knowledge, skills and competences, including literacy, numeracy and digital competency at a proficiency level in other to learn, adapt and participate in a social, economic, cultural and civic life.