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UNESCO’s programme will revamp education sector – Wike

By The Citizen
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The Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike on Friday said that UNESCO’s new initiative tagged “Country Cooperative Agreement with member states'' will help to revitalise Literacy in Nigeria.

Wike said this at a meeting with UNESCO Country Representative, Prof. Hassana Alidou and key officials of UNESCO in the region.

He said that Nigeria remained committed to adult and youth literacy in the country to enhance national development.

He also said that the new funding initiative aligns with the Transformation Agenda which seeks to explore private partners to re-position the education sector.

The minister welcomed the programme, pointing out that it would add value to the efforts of the Federal Government to enhance national literacy level in the face of population and socio-economic challenges.

Wike recalled that the self-benefitting trust-in-fund signed between UNESCO and Nigeria in 2011 had contributed over N1 billion to revitalise adult and youth literacy which is yielding fruitful results.

Also, Alidou said that the new project initiated by UNESCO seeks to use ICT to expand literacy in the country with particular focus on gender issues.

She said that UNESCO was working to ensure that the organisation was more responsive to key issues of eradicating illiteracy.