Lagos State Government says it is targeting to achieve 95 percent literacy level among its adult population.
The state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode reaffirmed this position at a training session for facilitators of adult education, on Thursday, in Ikeja, saying to achieve the target, more adult literacy education centres have been opened in different parts of the state.
Represented by Obafela Bank-Olemoh, his special adviser on education, Ambode noted that the aim was to gradually eradicate illiteracy among the state population.
He disclosed that 1,000 centres would be opened with 1,000 facilitators engaged to train, teach and ensure that every interested resident in the state could read and write. Ambode said that the adult literacy programme was being driven through the agency for mass education, adding that about 50 adults were expected to be at each of the 1,000 centres for the free training.
Oluwakemi Kalesanwo, the director of the Lagos Agency for Mass Education, who also spoke on the training, said facilitator volunteers, were people with minimum of National Certificates of Education, (NCE) or a higher qualification with interest in teaching adult.
“Lagos state is the mega city, so we need to increase the literacy level, so the governor has given us the mandate of 95 percent by 2019 and for us to do that, we have to train 1,000 facilitators who will, in turn, open centres to train Lagosians. In January this year we trained the first batch comprising 250 facilitators. The second batch will open literacy centers across the state and gradually, we will meet up the target,” Kalesanwo said.
She explained that beyond teaching of English language and Mathematics, the adult literacy class would also engage in the teaching of other subjects and civic education as well as training on health and other issue of interest.
She appealed to the facilitators to treat their adult students with courtesy, saying that the training class would be held three times in a week, with a stipend to encourage the facilitators.