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Illiteracy: FG Calls For Public-Private Synergy

The Federal Government has expressed commitment towards achieving Education for All (EFA) by 2015 and revitalisation of the Adult and Youth Literacy project in the country.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike,  at the 2014 International Literacy Day, in Awka.

He explained that the Federal Government was strengthening Public-Private synergy in literacy delivery and reviewing activities of stakeholders to articulate workable strategies for better performance.

“There is the need to shore up support, commitment and drive of all stakeholders, philanthropists and organised private sector involved in mass literacy delivery, if eradicating illiteracy is anything to go by,” he said.

Represented by his Special Assitant, Dr Olu Ayewo, Wike said that the large number of adults, who could neither read nor write, was estimated at 60 million, which was about 38 per cent of the total population of the country.

The minister added that theFederal Government had trained 4,800 facilitators nation-wide, urging various state governments to utilise the skills of the facilitators and improve on their allowances and welfare.

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