26 million Nigerian Adults, illiterates – Minister

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No fewer than 25,618,185 adults are illiterates in the country.

The Minister of State for Education, Hajiya Aishatu Jibril Dukku”, who dropped the figure at the launching of 2009 Global Education For All (EFA) week celebration in Gombe State, said 9,556 are male while 16,061,482 are females, representing about 37.3 and 62.7 per cent respectively.

Hajiya Dukku insisted that adult literacy is key to achieving Education For All as literate adults raise literate children.

According to her, many governments have paid little or insufficient attention to youth and adult learning needs.

The education minister further disclosed that many countries do not have literacy programmes that capture adults and youths who have not had the opportunity of learning how to read and write.

She pointed out that education expands people’s choice, gives youths more control over their lives and increase their ability to participate in social activities as well as enhances self-esteem.

Hajiya maintained that the federal government is committed to ensuring that no child is denied the opportunity to complete quality primary education because it is one of the basic principles of fundamental human right.

“Nigeria recognises that the International Agreement of 2015 target date for achieving  Education For All will require commitment and political will from all levels of government”, she emphasised.

She stated that all school aged children and adult learners must be given the opportunity to quality education and acquisition of basic skill to enable them survive and contribute meaningfully to the development of the society.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBECS), Dr.Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed said this year’s celebration is coming on the heels of UBEC’ continued efforts at engaging states and encouraging them to take proactive steps towards taking full advantage of federal government intervention in the basic education sub-sector.