UNESCO and Nigeria team up to improve literacy in Nigeria

Efforts to achieve "education for all" in Nigeria have received a major boost from UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO and the Nigerian Government signed a $6 million dollar agreement to revitalize adult and youth literacy in the country. Charles Appel has the story.

Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i and Irina Bokova

Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i and Irina Bokova

Although Nigeria has made considerable progress toward Education for All, illiteracy remains a major problem.

An estimated 50 million adults cannot read or write. Nearly nine million of Nigeria’s primary-aged children are out-of-school.



The agreement will open the way for a vast programme to strengthen national capacities for designing, delivering, evaluating and monitoring quality literacy programmes.

It will be implemented by UNESCO’s office in the Nigerian federal capital, Abuja over 42 months, in close cooperation with the relevant Nigerian authorities.


Charles Appel, United Nations.

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