United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, has said that over 62 million Nigerians are illiterate, describing the situation as dangerous to the development of the country.
UNESCO said, going by the research conducted by the global body, that it will take 58 years to be able to banish illiteracy among Nigerian populace, even with innovations like Information and Communications Technology and other learning mechanisms.
Speaking at an international workshop on Teaching and Learning, organised by Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, yesterday, the National Programme Officer, UNESCO Regional office in Abuja, Dr Muhammad Alkali, canvassed for full embrace of ICT not only to increase quality of education, but for more Nigerians to have access to education.
Dr. Alkali, who commended ABUAD for placing high premium on quality teaching and learning, said full introduction of ICT into Nigerian educational system as done in Pakistan, would help in strengthening democratic and transparent educational planning and management that would make every citizen to contribute to knowledge-based economy.
He said the mobile system of education helps to make learning very flexible, particularly in a situation where resources are scarce, thereby fettering citizens’ access to education.
“UNESCO is targeting drop-outs which are predominant in JSS2, going by available research in Nigeria. We are seriously concerned and worried with increasing illiteracy in Africa. We are getting a place in the neighbourhood where they can be taught.
“Unless we are deceiving ourselves, ICT remains the best way to provide education now going by the experiences in Pakistan. Nigeria needs 58 years to banish illiteracy and this is going to be hectic”, he said.
Founder of the University, Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, said the 21st century presents challenges and opportunities for educational institutions to transform teaching and learning, saying ABUAD has identified ICT as a veritable platform to improve standard and this he said has been effective.
“The emergence of social networks like facebook, twitter and linkedin have assumed a global dimension, offering opportunities to disseminate knowledge to students online.
“This university has developed vast array of IT infrastructures around the campus to facilitate teaching, learning and research. This is aimed at nurturing students with novel technologies critical to sustaining their academic and professional careers”.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Michael Ajisafe, disclosed that the university have invested so much in ICT, which had helped in making students have access to research in many universities across the globe, saying stakeholders in education have acknowledged their efforts in this regard.
The VC added that reference has also been made to ABUAD as model and leading light for quality education, given the extensive infrastructure available on campus to facilitate teaching, research and community service.

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