The world International Literacy Day 2018 was celebrated by the United Nations Information Centre and Mothers Pride and Development Initiative. All stakeholders in the Literacy services rallied to do justice to awareness, advocacy and development of literacy and skills.
Message from the DG, UNESCO was delivered with video clips giving detail on Literacy being the first step towards freedom and liberation from social and economic constraints, It is the prerequisite for development, It reduces poverty and inequality, create wealth, and help to eradicate problems of nutrition with public health.
According to UN, More than 260million children and adolescent are not in school, 617million do not acquire the minimum skills in Literacy and numeracy; 750million young people and adult still cannot read and write while among them, two third are women.
The UN consultant on Literacy by Radio, an astute specialist in Literacy, Mr Biodun Bello expatiated on the reason for UNESCO theme for 2018, that everyone need to add more to their source of income by engaging in skill acquisition.
This year theme focuses on this evolving approach to education, UNESCO is actively engaged in redefinition of literacy policies and encourages innovative educational practices. He calls on all stakeholders in the world of education and beyond, as it is a cause that concerns all, to mobilize so that the ideal of a fully literate global society becomes more of reality.
The Founder, Mothers Pride and development Initiative, Ms Titilayo Adelaja gave an account of her journey so far in the Literacy support services, being the state chairperson for the umbrella body of all NGOs on Adult Literacy and skill acquisition in Ogun state , the organisation for over 5yrs had empowered widows, women and youths in various skills development like Free ICT/ Computer Training, Catering, Bead/Wire-works, hat making and Gele, Chemical productions, make-up and Gele.
These led to her synergy with National Mass Education Commission (NMEC) and harnessing international relationship with UN via Free Mobile training. She also encourage international organization, corporate entities and individual philanthropist, Community leaders, political leaders and royal fathers and Mothers to give support by giving resources or donations of learning materials to help eradicate illiteracy in our society.
Mothers Pride and development Initiative hope to penetrate all nook and crannies in Nigeria to emphasize on Literacy awareness and take adequate cooperation with necessary stake holders to fight this social decadence called illiteracy.