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65 Million Nigerians Still Illiterate Says UNESCO



A survey conducted and sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has shown that about 65 million Nigerians are still illiterate.

Speaking at the Regional Office in Abuja, UNESCO’s National Programme Advisor on Education, Dr. Mohammed Alkali made this known during an advocacy visit to Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State.

He noted that people could be brought out of the poverty-line if they are empowered with basic reading and writing skills, adding, “just nine months of literacy increases a person’s earning by up to 10 per cent.”

He, however, pointed out that the non-formal education sector has suffered from very low funding and urged political leaders to develop the political will to fulfill their mandates by recruiting and paying UNESCO-trained facilitators.

He also revealed that UNESCO in collaboration with National Mass Education Commission (NMEC) has embarked on a project to revitalise adult and youth literacy with the target of reducing Nigerian illiteracy rate by between five to six million youths and adults.

Dr. Alkali stated that the project was developed with “strategic partnerships initiatives sharing responsibilities between UNESCO, Federal Government, states and local government areas to achieve the target results.”

More so, he lamented that mass literacy facilitators in Katsina State were the least paid in the country, with their basic salary below the national benchmark of N7,500 per month for part-time facilitators.

Culled from Sun News