[lg policy] Re: NIGERIA: UN SIGNS COOPERATION PACT TO BOOST ADULT AND YOUTH LITERACY
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Subject: NIGERIA: UN SIGNS COOPERATION PACT TO BOOST ADULT AND YOUTH LITERACY
Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 12:05:02 -0400
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NIGERIA: UN SIGNS COOPERATION PACT TO BOOST ADULT AND YOUTH LITERACY
New York, May 6 2011 12:05PM
The United Nations agency tasked with promoting universal access to
an agreement with Nigeria to revitalize adult and youth literacy in a
country where an estimated 50 million adults cannot read and write and
nearly 9 million children are out of school.
Under the agreement with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO), the Nigerian Government will finance a project
managed by the agency to strengthen capacities for designing, delivering
and monitoring quality literacy programmes at a cost of $6 million.
“The importance and enormous benefits of literacy both for individual
empowerment and national development are well known and documented,” said
UNESCO Executive Director Irina Bokova, who signed the agreement at the
agency’s headquarters in Paris with Nigeria’s Federal Minister of
Education Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i.
“As the UN specialised agency for education, UNESCO has at its disposal a
huge reservoir of expertise and experience. Every effort will be made to
mobilize and effectively deploy these resources for the benefit of
Nigeria,” said Ms. Bokova.
Ms. Rufa’i said: “It is our hope that Nigeria’s successful implementation
of this programme will serve as a model, not only for the E-9 countries,
but also those in the Africa region and elsewhere, facing the literacy
Ms. Rufa’i is the current chair of the E-9 countries, a forum for nine
high-population countries – Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India,
Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan – to discuss their experiences in
education, exchange best practices and monitor progress on achieving
education for all.
The project in Nigerian will be implemented by UNESCO’s office in the
federal capital, Abuja, over a 42-month period, in close cooperation with
the relevant authorities.
For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news
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