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query_builder September 14, 2018 18:43:36

By Kelechi N Anyikwa

Anaku (Ayamelum LGA), Sept.14, 2018 (MOI)

Mrs Bridget Nwosu,  Chief Education Officer and Unit Head, Adult and Non-formal Education, Ayamelum Local Government Area (LGA) likened illiteracy to `blindness’.

``Illiteracy is synonymous to blindness as an illiterate is considered a second class person, incapable of proper reasoning,’’ Nwosu said.

He added that such blind persons would not be qualified to occupy any elective position.

The literacy Day entitled ``Monitoring and Evaluation’’, was organised by the Adult and Non-formal Education Unit of the council to mark the World Literacy Day.

He said: ``Sept. 8 every year is a day set aside by UNESCO to create awareness on relevance of adult and non-formal education as well as ills of illiteracy’’.

Mrs Nwosu explained that education was a foundation for personal fulfilment, economic growth, societal cohesion and a vital factor in overcoming extreme poverty and ensuring development.

The Transition Committee Chairman, Ayamelum LGA, Mr Ken Okolo noted that World Literacy Day celebration was a reminder for the public to acknowledge the benefits of adult education.

Mr Okolo explained that Adult and Non-formal Education was an organ set up by Federal Government to eradicate illiteracy by 2020.

``The programme is aimed at ensuring that by the year 2020, 2/3 of Nigeria's population will be able to read and write,’’ Okolo said.

The chairman, who was represented by Head Personnel Management, Mrs Ngozi Okeruru, urged learners not to stop at the primary level of education in order to become self-reliant members of the society.

The unit head noted that Adult Education programme had recorded a lot of progress within the area since inception in 2010.

She said the programme won a trophy for the LG in 2014 as the best LG in basic and post literacy programme in Anambra.

``Ayamelum LG has recorded 100 per cent success in Post literacy Adult and Non-formal Completion Certificate Examination (PLANCCE) in the past.

``And this year, we had 72 adults from the eight communities who sat for PLANCCE in July. We also have 36 facilitators, 12 study centres and a total of 801 adult learners,’’ Nwosu said.

She expressed gratitude to the state and LGAs for their assistance and support since the programme commenced in the area.

Head of Service, Ayamelum Council Area, Mr Jaja Nwachukwu said. ``no man or woman is complete without education’’.

He pointed out that no time would be too late for one to gain knowledge, urging the learners not to relax and say it was too late because they could not predict tomorrow.

``Knowledge gathered remains with one until death and education has no age limit,’’ Jaja said.

The celebration featured welcome songs, drama presentation by adult education learners and gift presentation by Head Adult Education Unit. (MOI)