Nigerian Adult and Youth Literacy Scholars at UIL
Under the rubric of the Revitalising Adult and Youth Literacy in Nigeria Project (2012-2015 and beyond), the Government of Nigeria is making efforts to provide basic literacy learning opportunities to 4 to 5 million young people and adults, and create non-formal learning pathways to 6 million out-of-school children with UNESCO’s assistance. UIL is hosting ten scholars from Nigeria from April to June 2013 to undertake a four-week desk research stay on priority action areas of the project. The scholarship has been financially supported by a special grant from the Nigerian Government.
Last month, four scholars made extensive use of the resources available in the UIL Documentation Centre and drew on the expertise of UIL staff, producing the following research documents:
- Reconceptualising literacy approaches to address the multilingual context in Nigeria by Kestor Osegha Ojokheta, Acting Director, Centre for Literacy Training and Development Programme for Africa, University of Ibadan
- Training strategies of state and local level literacy personnel by John Edeh Onimisi, Technical Assistant to Executive Secretary, National Mass Education Commission (NMEC)
- Professional development of NMEC staff by Rose Alugbere, Principal Education Officer, NMEC
- Improving training modules for literacy facilitators by Hassana Batagarawa, Assistant Chief Education Officer, National Centre for Mass Literacy, Adult & Non Formal Education, Kano State
Evidence gathered at UIL and the recommendations drawn from it are expected to improve the on-going delivery of the Revitalising Project and to enhance the delivery capacities in the field of adult literacy and basic skills training in the long term.