Noble Mission for Change Initiative recently hosts education stakeholders to a round table discussion on how to revitalize literacy in Nigeria.
The event held on September 8 in Abuja is in commemoration of the International day 2015, set aside annually by UNESCO since 1965, to remind the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.
The event themed: Literacy and Sustainable Societies, was organized with support from UNESCO and World bank as host. The round table discussion involved over 60 participants representing the government, private sector, donor agencies, school age children, and other key stakeholders.
The Founder and Executive Director of NMI , Charles Omofomwan emphasized the need to take cautious efforts in revitalizing literacy in Nigeria. He said everyone needed to be concerned about education for the country to attain high level of literacy. Omofomwan also added that the round-table was organized to enable stakeholders to evaluate where the country interms of education particularly with the introduction of the Post 2015 sustainable Development Goals.
In his words, “Everyone is busy, no one is thinking where we are at our literacy level; everybody should be concerned about education to enable us to achieve our set goal of Education for All. We have good policies and curriculum in place; lots of money is being pumped into the sector but goals are not being achieved because our government lacks the political will”. He further said that more investment should be channeled towards teachers’ development, to encourage them.
The Senior Education Specialist for World Bank Nigeria, Dr. Tunde Adekola emphasized three main issues that should be considered if Literacy must be revitalized and they are: access, equity, and collaboration.
In addition, the Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO Dr. Saidou Jallow , during his presentation gave an insight to the significance of International Literacy Day. He remarked that UNESCO has trained 4,807 adult literacy facilitators from all the thirty six states including the Federal Capital Territory through revitalizing adult and youth literacy in Nigeria (RAYL) project and was also able to mobilize additional US$1 million from Procter & Gamble (P&G) to intervene in Girls and women education to complement the RAYL project.
The Executive Secretary, National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC), Jubrin Yusuf Paiko attested to some of the facts presented by UNESCO, and further reiterated their efforts and commitments in promoting Non-Formal Education in the country.
Speaking further is the Head of Programmes, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Anand Kishore Das who in his presentation stated how 21st century learning can help revitalize literacy in Nigeria with key attention to the 4Cs (Creativity, Critical thinking, Communication and Collaboration) in the 21st century while the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) represented by Nemi Okujagu, shared some interesting statistics with the participants and urged all to contribute towards increasing the literacy level in the country.
The day ended with discussions on the way forward with recommendations from participants. A communiqué was drafted and will be shared with all participants and other key stakeholders in the education sector.
NMI is a non-profit non-governmental organization that envisions a developed society where young people are empowered for quality living, free of social vices with enhanced productivity and well-being. Its mission is to empower young people by supporting their access to quality education.