Report from the Federal Government has it that 54 million Nigerians are illiterates.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that 54 million Nigerians are illiterates. This was revealed by Hindatu Abdullahi, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education. She said this at the flag-off of the 2015 International Literacy Day celebration, and called for concerted efforts to improve the negative trend.
In a recent report from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), over 757 million adults worldwide lack basic literacy skills, with about two-third of them being women, mostly from Nigeria and other third-world countries. UNESCO decried the high number of out-of-school children and adolescents in the world.
Nigeria, fifteen years ago, joined other countries to commit to the six Education For All (EFA) goals and later the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which had 2015 as deadline for achieving their set targets. illiterates.
The Acting Permanent Secretary further lamented that Sub-Saharan countries are yet to make significant progress.
Regrettably, a global review of achievements and challenges of EFA since inception shows that some of the targets remain unattained, especially in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria.
She advocated that government and private corporations should take up the challenge of ensuring education for all. The secretary also called for the improvement of the standard of education in the country.