UNESCO Laments Nigeria’s Literacy Level

United Nations Educational Scientific and

Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has

lamented the illiteracy level in the

country, saying over 62 million Nigerians

are without basic education.

The organisation also disclosed that it

will take 58 years to stamp out illiteracy

among Nigerian populace, in spite of

innovations like Information and

Communications Technology and other

learning mechanisms in the country’s

educational system.

The National Progamme Officer, UNESCO

Regional Office in Abuja, Dr. Muhammad

Alkali, who stated this at an

international workshop on Teaching and

Learning organised by Afe Babalola

University, Ado Ekiti yesterday, however,

revealed that over 4.2 million Nigerians

have been educated through its Radio

Literacy programmes.

He said the introduction of ICT if fully

embraced will not only increase quality of

education, but will ensure that more

Nigerians have access to education.

Dr Alkali, praised ABUAD for placing high

premium on quality teaching and