Director urges FCT councils to embrace adult literacy programme

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–  Alhaji Musa Yakubu, Director, FCT Agency for Mass Education, has called the FCT area councils to embrace literacy at the grassroots to achieve the MDGs goal two.

Yakubu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on in Abuja.

He said it became imperative for them to encourage their subjects to embrace literacy programme as most of the FCT grass roots populace could not read and write.

Goal two is achieving universal primary education with the deadline in 2015.

He said the agency, with 582 centres in the six councils, had the mandate to provide literacy to those who did not have the opportunity to access formal education in their early life.

“Most of these centres are in the six area councils; it will be good if the chairmen will encourage their people to embrace the non formal education or mass literacy.

“It is our mandate to make sure that every adult is literate, including youths that are out of schools; our time table is not rigid for them to be discouraged.

“We want everybody to be educated because we want to achieve the MDGs goal 2015 deadline,’’ he said.

However, he said that the mandates did not go beyond training and giving basic education to adults and the that were far above the primary age.

“These are the categories we can train, but for those who are out of schools and they are within primary school age, they are being handled by the Universal Basic Education (UBE),’’ he said.

According to him, some of the programmes the agency is running include basic literacy, post literacy, women programme, and girl child education.(NAN)