How ‘Social Media’ Platform Can Curb Mass Illiteracy—Don

An academic don,professor Michael Omolewa has suggested the need for change in communication strategy to boost adult and non-formal education in the country.

According to Omolewa, an accomplished adult educationist, the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education NMEC should explore the use of social media and leverage on the use of mobile phones to curb high rate of illiteracy in the country.

He gave the suggestion at the flag-off of a three-day workshop on development of communication strategy for overall visibility of adult and non-formal education in Nigeria which held in Kaduna State.

He lamented that adult and non-formal education has been consistently relegated to the background where it is not visible to people and funding agencies.

In his argument,he noted that social media has potential of propelling a mass literacy campaign which could later be driven by the National Policy on Education where all stakeholders would be fully engaged and drive the campaign.

He said,”If the Commission must succeed in the campaign, it must build partnership, involve people and do literacy mapping to identify target audience and know their needs and interests”.

Meanwhile,Executive Secretary of NMEC, Professor Abba Abubakar Haladu has given indications that the implementation of National Mass Literacy Programme designed to address the problem of adult illiteracy in the country will soon take off.

He said the agency now has an operational plan with a robust communication strategy towards ensuring the launch of a smooth national programme for the eradication of illiteracy in the country.

According to him, a number of factors, such as high level of poverty, unemployment, high mortality and morbidity among children and women among others have posed serious challenges to stakeholders seeking to enhance the participatory rights of all citizens to education in order to have a more balanced national development.

“National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education understands the gravity of the situation and has been at the forefront of advocating for the necessary political will, legal frameworks and better allocation of resources as well as mobilizing community interest to adult literacy and non-formal education,”he said.

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