4.5 million Nigerians graduate under adult literacy programme

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

More than four million Nigerians enrolled in Revitalising Adult and Youth Literacy programme have graduated.

Final Report on the Implementation of the programme revealed that out of a total of 5,101,719 learners enrolled in the programme between 2013-2015 in 146 focused Local Governments, 4,589,637 of them have been made literate.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu while receiving the report said that the government through the Office of the Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals made available $6.4m for the project.

Ultimate beneficiaries
According to him, the ultimate beneficiaries of the project are those who have not been reached, the marginalised or excluded from formal education system, mainly young girls and women, youth and out -of- school children.

The Minister commended all stakeholders in the project including UNESCO, parastatals of the Ministry and Non-Governmental Organisations.

He said that as the project comes to an end in December 2016, stakeholders should continue to make efforts towards eradicating illiteracy.

Chairman of the programme’s Steering Committee, Professor Gidado Tahir listed some achievements during the period to include the establishment and equipping of Community Learning Centres in 13 States, publication on Adult and Non-formal Education, capacity building for NMEC staff and establishment of Non-formal Education Management Information System in NMEC among others.

He said that the challenges encountered in course of executing the programme included lack of commitment by States to utilize the trained facilitators, poor condition of service for Non-Formal Educators, Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast and limited political will at all levels.

The ceremony featured demonstrations by some graduates of the mass literacy programme who expressed joy that they could now do many of those things they could not do before their enrolment.

This includes reading and writing text messages on phone, among others.