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LSAME increases mass literacy to 91%

By Amaka Abayomi

Determined to attain 91 per cent literacy rate before the 2015 Education for All deadline, the Lagos State Agency for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, LSAME, in conjunction with the National Mass Education Commission (NMEC), UNESCO and the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Office, has concluded a six-day training workshop organised for the 111 facilitators of the adult literacy scheme in some of the local government council areas of the state.

with the theme, “Revitalising Adult and Youth Literacy in Lagos”, the 111 participants were drawn from three local government areas of Lagos, namely: Epe, Ifako-Ijaiye and Apapa.

Declaring the workshop open, the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, who noted that education is a key to economic development of any society, restated the state’s commitment to the development of education at all levels in the state.

Pointing out that their contributions to the literacy scheme and economic development of the state was highly recognised and commendable, Alawiye-King urged them to take the selfless service more seriously.

Also speaking, Mr. Bayo Adeyemo of the National Mass Education Commission challenged the participants to ensure that the new knowledge they acquired should reflect in their future assignments, adding that the agency was ready to support any individual, group of people or establishment towards eradicating illiteracy in the country.

Noting that thousands have benefited from the literacy scheme, the Director, LSAME, Mrs. Fola Amore, urged participants to always come down to the level of their students, some of whom are either drop-outs or never been to school.

“The success of the programme would go a long way in achieving the MDGs, especially as regards the eradication of illiteracy particularly in Lagos State and Nigeria.”

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