The State Agency for Mass Education marked the international literacy day for the year 2017 in low form with only the Executive Secretary of the agency DR Abbas A Abbas addressing a press conference.
He said, the state government was joining other states in the federation to celebrate the day as a reflection of the international literacy day celebrated worldwide in September of every year as enjoined by the United Nation s Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to eradicate illiteracy.
Dr Abbas A Abbas said, the essence of the event was to remind the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally and to review the progress made in the field of the Non formal Education as well as map out new strategies for addressing the problems of Adult illiteracy in the world.
According to the executive secretary, the education sector in the state is the top most priority of the present administration as it is the wish of the state Governor to see that every adult in the state is literate and this according to Dr Abbas made the state government to empower the agency to pursue Non formal Education programs which will positively have direct impact on the lives of adults in the state.
On accomplishments of the Agency, the Executive Secretary disclosed that, it had established 30 Remedial Centers across the 30 House of Assembly constituencies of the state with additional 54 Remedial and 81 continuing Education centers across the state.
Speaking on training, Dr. Abbas stated that, the Agency had trained 3,000 vigilant corps members in the state at Basic and Post Basic Levels and conducted qualifying Examinations for Remedial students at its 30 remediation centers as well as trained160 facilitators for the Remediation program in the state.
The Agency according to Dr Abbas received the sum of 4.8 million naira for the procurement of learning and instructional materials for the newly established 135 Basic and 81 Post Basic literacy centres across the state.