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Government rewards adult learners to promote literacy

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Special Adviser on Parastatal Monitoring, Mr Afolabi Ayantayo (left); Special Adviser on Education, Mr Tokunbo Wahab; Director, Agency for Mass Education, Mrs Oluwakemi Kalesanwo; with contestants at the event.

As part of efforts to reduce illiteracy and promote Education for all (EFA) goals, the Lagos State Agency for Mass Education has rewarded some of its students.

Director, agency for mass education, Mrs. Oluwakemi Kalesanwo disclosed that the competition is an annual event organised to create awareness on the importance of education.

She explained that the competition is a learning initiative put in place by the state government to encourage the act of reading, writing and calculating simple arithmetic among adult learners.

“The agency uses the forum as an orientation and awareness vehicle for out-of-school youths, illiterate adults and domestic helps to seek education; this completion is aimed at motivating adult learners, facilitators and all stakeholders in literacy education delivery on the need for improved literacy service for sustainable development in the state.

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“The competition is meant to motivate our adult learners and their facilitators; it is also a drive towards enrollment of more adult learners and out-of-school youths in the state’s literacy centres and also to showcase the government’s passion for the non-formal education sectors.”

Special adviser to the governor on education, Tokunbo Wahab said the agency is aware of the high rate of influx into the state and is prepared to put all necessary amenities in place to ensure that the illiterates are captured and place in the adult literacy centres.

He expressed hope that the competition will boost environment and retention rate of new learners in the adult literacy centres across the state.

“Every successful person has a painful story, so they should never give up. After the completion of the adult literacy class, they have the opportunity to proceed to a post Literacy class or enroll into any vocational training centres. It is not late to acquire advanced education.”

At the end of the competition, Akintunde Kikelomo emerged winner in the English category while Sikiru Suliat and Oluwabunmi Adeyoye were first and second runners up respectively.

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