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Lagos moves to educate 50,000 illiterate adults yearly

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Lagos State government said it has concluded plans to educate over 50,000 illiterate adults yearly.

Already, about 1,000 literacy centres had been established in various parts of the city as part of efforts to ensure that more residents could read and write.

Director, Agency for Mass Education, Mrs Oluwakemi Kalesanwo, disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a four-day conference, themed, “Innovative strategies to expanding facilitators access to effective teaching, skills development, improved enrolment and retention of adult learners for educators.”

According to her, a follow-up to the literacy centres is the conference, which aims to identify the challenges to increasing enrolment and retention of adult learners in the centre, with over 2,000 adult education facilitators as participants.

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She said for each day of the four-day conference, at least 600 participants would learn about innovative teaching strategies.

“For us to keep meeting our mandate of increasing the number of adult learners, we decided to have the first ever facilitators conference. During the conference, we are going to brainstorm on how to improve literacy in Lagos among adult. In Nigeria, Lagos is number one when it comes to adult literacy. We do not only teach them how to read and write, we also teach them life skills, as we have vocational centres where they can learn different skills free of charge.

“The sessions are going to be interactive because it is good for government to know the challenges, so that we can work on improving the facilitators work, increase adult literacy centres and retention rate,”she said.

Kalesanwo disclosed that the conference would be working on tackling issues around retention, moreso when the drop out rate is about 40 per cent.

About 6.75 per cent of Lagos population are illiterates. Lagos is a mega city, everybody here should know how to read and write. The big challenge to ensuring this is that despite efforts to improve literacy rate in the state, the influx of unlearned and unskilled coming into Lagos is slowing the efforts.”

Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, said the conference was aimed at ensuring improved teaching skills for adult learners.

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