The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms Irina Bokova has advocated for more investment in literacy programmes. In her message on the occasion of the 2015 International Literacy Day, and presented by the Regional Director for UNESCO Abuja, Mr. Benoît Sossou, the Director General further advocated for more effective policies on literacy within wider development policies, supported by innovative mechanisms that generate positive synergies across all policy areas, vital to building more just and cohesive societies.
Speaking further, Ms Bokova noted that “Literacy is essential to reach the proposed sustainable development goal to promote inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.” “This”, she said “is essential to all efforts to build a better future for all, on the basis of human rights and dignity.”
In her response, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Hindatu Abdullahi, commended Ms. Bokova, and her entire team for the continuous support in syndicating wide-ranging technical and financial assistance in the areas of policy development and capacity development to Nigeria in UNESCO’s areas competence.
While urging stakeholders to make a difference in complementing government efforts in the fight against illiteracy in Nigeria, Mrs. Abudullahi said that theme of the 2015 International Literacy day: Literacy and Sustainable society “is apt and timely, considering the focus and change advocacy of the new administration.”