Nigeria Has 11.5m Out Of School Children And 63m Uneducated Adults – Minister Of Education

The Federal Govern­ment has put the cur­rent figures of adult illiterates and out-of-school children in the country at 63 million and 11.5 million, respectively.
The Minister of Educa­tion, Malam Adamu Ad­amu, made this known on Monday in Abuja during the flag-off of the 2017 Interna­tional Literacy Day Celebra­tion.
He said the Day serves as a platform for government at all levels and other stake­holders to review the prog­ress so far made to tackle problems of adult illiteracy and the menace of out-of-school children.
Represented by the Per­manent Secretary of the Education Ministry, Arch. Sunny Echono, the minis­ter decried the situation in which many of the citizens can neither read nor write.
He said: “Worldwide, 750 million adults today still lack even the most basic literacy skills. Some 264 million children and youths are not benefiting from education.
“Different official state­ments put youth and adult illiteracy levels in Nigeria at about 63 million. It is also estimated that over 11.5 million children are out of school.
“Most of the children who are in school are not attain­ing the learning outcome benchmarks. Addressing this skills gap is an educa­tional and development im­perative.”
The minister said the theme of the 2017 Interna­tional Literacy Day, “Liter­acy in a Digital World”, was apt, considering the present administration determina­tion to bring the necessary development to the coun­try, adding that digital tools would play a great role in expanding access to learn­ing.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Mass Lit­eracy and Adult Educa­tion (NMEC), Prof. Abba Abubakar Haladu, while acknowledging the chal­lenges of tackling adult il­literacy, said the Commis­sion has come up with an operational plan to address the problems.
He, however, called for support of all stakeholders to address the challenges as the Federal Government alone would not be able to do it.
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