August 21, 2013

Jigawa govt spends N1bn to tackle illiteracy

Jigawa state government said it has expended the sum of N1billion in the training of 18,000 adults on basic literacy and provision of learning facilities across the state, as part of its efforts to meet the UNESCO standard on the universal education.

The Executive Secretary of Jigawa State Agency for Mass Education, Dr. Ya’u Haruna Usman disclosed this at  the opening ceremony of six day training  workshop for facilitators of basic literacy centers organized by the agency in collaboration with the National Commission for Mass Literacy and Adult Education (NMEC), MDGs and UNESCO in Dutse.

He said in the last five years, the agency had trained thousands of adults on basic literacy and constructed about 6,750 adult literacy centers across the state.

According to him, the six day workshop was aimed to further equipping facilitators of  adult literacy centers across the state with skills in readiness for the additional  111 adult centres the Federal government planned to build in the state.

The Executive Secretary also commend the state government for its commitment towards boosting the morale of education especially on the issue of mass literacy, adding that Governor Lamido has vowed to eradicate illiteracy at all levels in the state.