In a bid to combat the illiteracy level in the State, Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has flagged off an Adult Education Programme tagged ‘Lagos is Learning (Èkó ńkẹ kòó)’. The project InsideMainland gathered is targeted at raising the literacy level in the State from 85 per cent to 100 per cent within the next three years.
Ambode disclosed that already existing adult education centers in the State would be increased from 522 to 1000, while additional 1000 teachers would be engaged. He stressed that the programme would be free of charge for participants so as to accommodate more people.
The literacy centres, according to the Governor would offer courses including Education, Fashion designing, Soap making, Hair dressing and Bead making, among others.
The Governor who was represented by the state Deputy Governor at the event, Dr. Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, said the number of illiterate persons in the State was not consistent with his vision to make Lagos Africa’s model mega city. “In Lagos, research shows that 13 per cent of the populations, meaning about three million persons are illiterates. This level of illiteracy is unacceptable. The high population of illiterate people is not consistent with our vision to become Africa’s model mega city because illiterate person lack basic literacy, numeracy and essential skills which make them more vulnerable to activities of criminals and they can easily be lured into anti-social groups,” he said.
To achieve the goal of the project, Ambode stressed that the State Government would aggressively promote literacy initiatives through all media channels. He added that channels of literacy contents, radio literacy programmes, mobile literacy centres and other innovative channels would be multiplied and diversified across the State to this effect.