Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has declared that UNESCO’s new initiative tagged Country Cooperative Agreement with member states will go a long way to revitalizing Adult and Youth Literacy in Nigeria.
The Minister who spoke in Abuja on Friday during a meeting with UNESCO Country Representative, Prof Hassana Alidou and key officials of UNESCO in the region, said that Nigeria remains committed to eradicating adult and youth illiteracy in the country to enhance national development.
He said the new funding initiative aligns with the Transformation Agenda of President Jonathan to explore private partners in re-positioning the education sector.
He welcomed the programme, pointing out that it would add value to the efforts of the Federal Government to enhance national literacy level in the face of population and socio-economic challenges.
Barr. Wike recalled the self-benefitting trust-in-fund signed between UNESCO and Nigeria in 2011 with Nigeria contributing over N1billion for revitalizing adult and youth literacy is yielding fruitful results.
In her remarks, the Director/Country Representative of UNESCO, Prof Hassana Alidou said that the new project initiated by UNESCO seeks to use ICT to expand literacy in the country.
She added that the programme will also focus on gender issues. Prof. Alodou said that UNESCO is working to ensure that the organisation becomes more responsive to key issues of eradicating illiteracy.
The UNESCO country representative, Prof Allidou was accompanied to the meeting by Dr. Mineo Salvatore, Extra-budgetary/Cooperation Agreement Section, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Dr Jaya Conhye-Soobrayan, Executive Office, Education Section, UNESCO headquarter in Paris and Dr Saidou Sireh Jallow, Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja.
Also in attendance were the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala and directors of the Federal Ministry of Education.
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