The UN official described literacy as a “fundamental requirement for peace”
The Resident Coordinator, United Nations System in Nigeria, Daouda Toure, said on Monday, that the Federal Government has set aside N1 billion self-benefitting funds-in- trust, to be domiciled with UNESCO, to revitalise adult and youth literacy in the country.
Mr. Toure said this in Abuja at a roundtable discussion to mark the 2012 International Literacy day celebration, with the theme ‘Literacy for Peace.’
He said that the project aims at accelerating national efforts to achieve Education For All (EFA) goals with emphasis on skills
development, to empower individual and communities to reduce poverty.
“One of the strategic priorities of the project revitalising adult and youth literacy in Nigeria is the creation of multi-sectoral committees for literacy at federal, state and local government levels.
“literacy and illiterate population are a fundamental requirement for peace which is essential for the success of our development works in Nigeria,” Mr. Toure said.
He urged the Federal Government to partner with stakeholders in the implementation of literacy project whose success would reinforce a collective effort in support of the transformation agenda.
Mr. Toure said the partnership would be a prelude to the creation of a prosperous and peaceful Nigeria, consisting of people that respect diversity, value human rights, recognise injustice, and respond to conflict with methods other than violence.
The Deputy Executive Secretary at the Universal Basic Education Commission, Rashid Aderinoye, urged education authorities to create machineries that would integrate peace education in schools curriculum.
Mr. Aderinoye said the integration of peace education in school curriculum would help reduce the incidences of violence in the country.
He called on teachers to be exposed to orientation that would empower them to promote a peaceful relationship in schools as well as outside the school.
He said that all hands must be on deck to ensure a greater reduction of illiteracy among Nigeria’s population through effective peace education.
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