Mr. Noah Emmanuel, National President of Non- Governmental Organisations For Literacy Support Services (NOGALSS) made this disclosure at the programme organised by the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, under Federal Ministry of Education (FEM).
One day workshop themed: “Strengthening UNESCO NGOS’ Capacity in the Delivery of Literacy Skills for Development to Combat the Out-of-School Syndrome and Adult Illiteracy in FCT” on Monday in Abuja.
“NOGALSS is an Umbrella Body established through National Mass Education Commission (NMEC) for all the relevant Civil Society Organisations, namely: NGOs (Non-Governmental Associations), FBOs (Faith Based Organisations), CBOs (Community Based Organisations), PVOs (Private Voluntary Organisations), all relevant Associations and Individuals. Literacy delivery is not only about collecting datas. It is about creating more literacy centers that will cover literacy disadvantaged communities. it is about developing an operational plan for a “National Mass Literacy Programme’’ that will aim at reaching those communities”.
NOGALSS, broad coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for championing of literacy delivery in Nigeria formed
to complement government’s efforts at National, State and Local Government Areas in the delivery of Adult and Non-Formal Education in Nigeria.
He added, ” We have been putting more efforts to ensure we complement the government effort so to assist Nigeria to achieve set literacy levels. These we are doing in partnerships with relevant agencies. We have been able to establish more literacy centers especially on literacy disadvantaged flash points communities, trained more facilitators and volunteers in order to facilitate Our mass literacy programmes. Our core goal is to ensure that Education For All (EFA) is actualized in Nigeria on or before 2030;” he said.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dr. Ify Ukeigbu
Speaking also at the event, reiterated that the current administration is so determined in addressing all literacy challenges in Nigeria, and , for that purpose so many literacy centers have been built and, many schools recieved infrastructural face-lifts in order to create enabling learning environments that will be not only habitable but conducive for learners.
“A lot of Literacy Centers have been springing up in all nooks and crannies of the country. We have also bern able to improved infrastructural structures in so many the schools, so that people can find learning environment more habitable and conducive ” she said.
She went further to emphasis that the government has designed a plan to establish Public- Private Sector Collaboration Initiative on SDGs so that promotion of Literacy Education on SDGs agenda can be actualized by the year 2030.
Federal Government of Nigeria and other Stakeholders present were able to sieze the opportunities created by the workshop to Brainstorm about “Out of Schools Sydrome and Adult Illiteracy in the Nation”, the progresx and way forward.
One of the core purpose of the workshop was to raise awareness on the need, tools available to stakeholders at all levels through demonstrated models for them to carry out respective- successful literacy skills, and how to influence relevant policies and funding mechanism. All of the purpose to encourage Adult Literacy level particularly in FCT and Nigeria at large.
Dr. Musa Moda, a renowned scholar in Adult and Mass Literacy Education delivered a key note address titled: “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals; The Place and Role of NGOS support as enduring partners to the government” at the event.
Addressing the Press after the event on the achievements of the Education Ministry in the area of Adult Literacy Campaign, Dr. Lami Amodu , Director of Basic and Secondary Education Department, said that the Ministry has carried out a lot of public awareness sensitisation with the support of local traditional rulers, who can advise their community members on the importance of education.
The highlight of the workshop was the groups interactive session “Technical Session”- where participants divided into different four groups namely; Learning mobilization for Access and Learners Retention/Evaluation; Quality of facilitators/Instruction and Application of ICT & AI for Quality Teaching & Learning; Funding/Resource mobilization Utilization plan; and, Empowering learners for peace and resilience building and preventing violent extremism.
Moderators at the workshop were Dr. Cecilia Powl and Dr. Alice Atteh Abang, both are Adult and Non-Formal Educationists, Mr. Noah Emmanuel, National President, NOGALSS , Abuja and Dr. Olalekan Babatunde, Research Fellow, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Dignitaries at the workshop were; the Chief Host, Arc. Sonny S.T. Echono (fnia), Permanent Secretary, FME; Mr. Kehinde Ayotunde, Secretary General, NATCOM- UNESCO; Mrs. Christian Ogbede, Director, EPR&D, FME and host of others.
Pamela Ogwata reports.