Over 62million Nigerians are illiterates – UNESCO

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has said that over 62 million Nigerians are illiterates, a situation it described as dangerous to the development of the country.

UNESCO also said it would take Nigeria another 58 years to completely eradicate illiteracy, even with innovations like Information and Communications Technology and other learning mechanisms.

At an international workshop on Teaching and Learning organized by Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, on Monday, the National Progamme Officer, UNESCO Regional office in Abuja, Muhammad Alkali, canvassed the full adoption of ICT not only to increase quality of education, but for more Nigerians to have access to education.

Mr. Alkali said full introduction of ICT into Nigeria educational system as done in Pakistan, would help in strengthening democratic and transparent educational planning and management that would make every citizen to contribute to knowledge-based economy.

He said the mobile system of education helps to make learning very flexible, particularly in a situation where resources are scarce, thereby fettering citizens’ access to education.

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