Federal government has a commitment to tackle adult illiteracy with the same zeal it is handling out-of-school children.
Minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this in Abuja while briefing press in commemoration of the 2021 International Literacy Day (ILD).
The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO had in November 1966, proclaimed September 8 of every year as the ILD.
The day was set aside to draw global attention to the status of literacy and lifelong learning, as well as highlight the linkage between literacy and the development of individuals and nations.
Speaking on the 2021 theme for the ILD is tagged “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide,” Adamu said confronting adult illiteracy and paying attention to out-of-school children were comprehensive approaches towards resolving the challenges faced by the country.
The minister said there was also a need to maximise the opportunities provided by ICT resources including radio, television, mobile phones, computers and internet to bring literacy and numeracy closer to people.
He said that in terms of the digital divide for instance; globally, nearly half of the world population (51.2 per cent), including many non-literate adults, did not have access to the Internet in 2018.
According to him, as our country desires to resolve its developmental challenges, every citizen needs to have a wide set of knowledge, skills and competences, including literacy, numeracy and digital competency at a proficiency level.