Illiteracy among Nigerian Adults

I’ve been fixating mainly on the challenges faced by the youths in education that I haven’t considered the adults, so after a little stake out research I was able to gather some of the education related challenges facing adults. The Adults are no doubt the leaders of today but there seems to be one general challenge when it comes to adults and that is illiteracy.
    Illiteracy, simply defined as a situation where a person can’t read or write, well this is one of the factors greatly posing an adverse effect on the development of a country’s educational standards. According to 2009 data from UNESCO, statistics showed that over 34.8 million adults in Nigeria are illiterates thereby ranking the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.
    Though this issue is treated with levity, it actually poses a major set-back to the educational development, after all we youths dwell on our elders for their wisdom an advice but what help can they be when they have so limited or no knowledge on
formal education.
This emanated the N1 billion program setup by the United Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization to help educate at least 20 Million illiterate Adults over the next five years. This program has greatly helped so many people, especially the women who have expressed heartbreaks at not being able to help their children on simple school homework.
     Nigeria students lag behind their counterparts in other developed countries, for instance before a child is five he/she is already learning models f planes an putting models of plastic engines together, so with the help of these late hour schooling an other programs mothers can also help the child at home which will not only be a great help to the child but will also help ease the education system.   
      This program was undoubtedly inspired not only by the ever growing rate of illiteracy in the country but also by the rate of adult illiteracy even in the government, with over 2:3 Government officials without an advanced education. The former president of Nigeria even after his tenure went back to school, with this knowledge it’s fairly obvious why Nigeria has very slow development. Hopefully things will turn for the better.


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