56 million Nigerians are illiterate – Mass Education Commission

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– The National Mass Education Commission (NMEC) has said that Nigeria’ illiteracy level had continued rise with about 56 adults illiterate.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Alhaji Jibrin Paiko, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in .

Paiko said the commission worried by the alarming figure which put more than 35 per cent of the country’ adult as uneducated.

He said that the commission had mapped out various programmes that would help address the issue.

“The Revitalising Adult and Literacy Programme is on course where 11 master trainers for each have been trained between May and June last year.

“Also 111 facilitators have been trained and we are scaling up the training programme the zonal level with additional 20 facilitators for each excluding Rivers and the FCT,” he said.

According him, the two states were chosen for a pilot by UNESCO, where it sources for funding for the commission train learners.

Paiko said $1 dollars were given for the by Procter and Gamble (a multi-national ), to train 60,000 and girls in skills acquisition.

He, however, said the commission facing a lot of challenges in pursuing many of its literacy programmes noting that funding had continued to be the biggest.

Paiko said non-payment of facilitators’ allowances by states also of the biggest obstacles to achieving the goals of the commission.

He said that to address the issue, states’ commissioners of education were made to sign letters of undertaking that their states would pay facilitators before the commencement of the various training programmes.

The Executive Secretary said the commission was set for a stakeholders with the Universal Basic Education Commission, states commissioners of education and others to fashion out ways of addressing the issue.

He commended states like , Ondo and Kano for establishing programmes that were in line with global best practices for educational .

Paiko said NMEC, in with UNESCO, was exploring the idea of conducting research on such practises to validate them and see how they could be applied nationwide. (NAN