ILD 2022 to transform literacy learning spaces, build inclusive education.
The Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nanah Opiah, has asserted that the current illiteracy level of Nigeria has reduced to 31 percent, compared to previous years. Prior to this development, as of September 2021, data from the ministry of education revealed that 38 percent of the 200 million population of Nigeria, which estimates to over 76 million adults, are illiterate. However, the Minister, at the ministerial briefing to mark the 2022 International Literacy Day, stated that notwithstanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s illiteracy rate has reduced.
International Literacy Day, as said by Opiah, is marked by all UN member nations as a medium of reaffirming commitment towards the promotion of education and literacy. This act therefore emphasizes the significance of education to human existence. Rapid scientific and technological advancements have complexified the world, changing and adding more meaning to what it means to be literate. Notwithstanding the several changes, the federal government will make every effort to meet up with the demands of the present moment.
ILD was declared by UNESCO on October 26, 1966.
The International Literacy Day, a September 8 international observance, was declared by UNESCO on October 26, 1966, at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference and was first celebrated on September 8, 1967. The aim of ILD is to reveal the significance of literacy to people, communities and societies. According to an estimation, over 775 million lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults are illiterates and two-thirds of them are women; and about 60 million children are out of school.
The ILD has been celebrated with the inclusion of specific themes which are in relation with Education for All goals and some United Nations programs such as the United Nations Literacy Decade. The theme for 2007 and 2008 ILD celebration was “Literacy and Health”; the theme for 2009 and 2010 was “Literacy and Empowerment”; the theme for 2011 and 2012 was “Literacy and Peace”. Asides the creation of awareness through the annual celebration, writers also contribute to raising awareness concerning the problem of illiteracy.
2022 ILD theme creates awareness about literacy learning spaces.
The theme of the 2022 International Literacy Day, ‘Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces; Exploring Opportunities and Possibilities’, gives an opportunity to reexamine the fundamental significance of literacy learning spaces to foster resilience and build quality, equitable, and inclusive education for everyone. The theme serves as a means of creating further awareness about the distinct literacy learning spaces which concerns about the needs of youths and adults. These needs of are based on recent knowledge and emerging evidence that are in relation to effective policies, systems, governance, programs, teaching and learning practice, and monitoring of learning spaces.
The goal of the International Literacy Day is to promote reading as an empowerment for both people and communities. It is celebrated as a reminder to stakeholders of the status of literacy and adult learning in nations and across the world. It is also a means of striving to entreat for more dedication, enthusiasm and commitment by everyone towards the enablement of mass literacy delivery; despite the COVID-19 pandemic that struck the whole world unexpectedly.
Youth and Adult Literacy has been included in the Ministry’s MSP.
In addition, Youth and Adult Literacy has been included as a pillar in the Ministry of Education’s Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP). This demonstration has revealed the commitment of the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the advancement of literacy. More significantly, according to the minister’s statements, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning now regards learning cities as “the Pillar of Sustainable Development” in a world that is characterized by high level of Infrastructural, economic, and technological advancement. This act will aid the promotion of integrated approach to literacy learning that has its foundation on the principles of lifelong learning, being the main focus of UNESCO’s ILD for 2022.
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The International literacy day awareness is an enlightenment program aimed at ensuring and promoting literacy. This is a actually a good thing for our education system in Nigeria. There is need to spend enough funds on our educational sector, for it to bear fruitful adventures in which the students will be the beneficiaries
This is a good development all stakeholders should come together and needs more inclusiveness in the educational system for more to be achieved to make more people literate
The international literacy day is marked by all UN member nations as a medium of reaffirming commitment towards the promotion of education and literacy. This act therefore emphasizes the significance of education to human existence. It also gives an opportunity to reexamine the fundamental significance of literacy learning spaces .
This is a nice development for our education sector every illiterate as to be improve as literate the program will help a lot
The level of illiteracy has reduced, that is a very good sign of improved educational system. The issue right now is the fact that this students get delayed in university.
The uneducated ones needs to be enlightened and the educated ones should make the illiterates see more reason why they should be educated
Cool and nice development for our education sector. Education is very important and I believe we are getting better day by day
This is a actually a good thing for our education system in Nigeria. It’s a nice development.
Rapid breakthroughs in science and technology have complicated the world, modifying and deepening the idea of what it means to be literate.
Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a decrease in the rate of illiteracy in the country, and the government should take action to address this.
Because of this act, the value of education to human existence has been brought to light, and it demonstrates why we need to take it seriously.
In addition to the awareness that is generated through the annual festival, writers also contribute to the raising of consciousness around the issue of illiteracy.
The government should start with settling matter with ASUU to call off the current strike and then develop more infrastructure to schools that will aid the improvement of the educational sector more.
Lots need to be done concerning the literacy awareness in the country both the government,non governmental organizations agencies and international donor and the community need to take a step forder in assuring education take the right position.
All UN members countries commemorate the worldwide literacy day as a way to reaffirm their dedication to the advancement of education and literacy. The importance of education to human existence is thus shown by this deed.
The topic was chosen so that more people would become aware of the various literacy learning spaces that cater to the need of both children and adults.
This act will assist in the development of an integrated approach to literacy education that is based on the principles of learning that continues throughout one’s life.
This presentation has shed light on the level of dedication displayed by the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the promotion of literacy.
It is imperative that sufficient resources be allocated to our educational system in order for it to produce beneficial endeavours, of which the students will be the primary benefactors.