International Literacy Day: ULS charge stakeholders on realisation of UBEC Vision
BY BENEDICT NWACHUKWU, ABUJA
Universal Learning Solutions (ULS), inventors of Jolly Phonics methodology which assists children to read and write confidently in the English language has charged education stakeholders to work with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in the realisation of its vision as the world celebrates international Literacy day.
Universal Learning Solutions (ULS) is excited to join the rest of the world to mark the 2022 International Literacy Day aimed at raising awareness of the importance of literacy to all countries and cultures and the urgent need to address the challenges that may impede literacy development programmes.
According to UNESCO, the 2022 International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces” and will be an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.
ULS in a statement signed by Sylvanus Udoenoh, IT and Communications Officer, Universal Learning Solutions Initiative, to celebrate the International Literacy Day said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria through the mandate of the Universal Basic Education Commissions (UBEC) has continued to work assiduously in improving the literacy skills of elementary class pupils in public primary schools in Nigeria.
“For instance, in collaboration with Universal Learning Solutions, UBEC has trained over 184,000 teachers and over 6800 monitoring officials, on the Jolly Phonics methodology which aids children to read and write confidently in the English Language. This intervention has potentially reached over a 16.7 million public primary school pupils across Nigeria.
“Despite Nigerian government’s commitment to improving the literacy level of pupils, there are still many challenges. For example, with an annual birth rate of 37.01 per cent, the number of children of school age is steadily increasing without corresponding increase in social amenities.
“The recent data released by UNICEF and UNESCO on the numbers of out-of-school children in Nigeria is a concern. Compared with previous reports of 13.5 million out of school children in 2014, UNICEF and UNESCO in their recent global data analysis, reported over 18.5 million and about 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, respectively.
“This state of affairs requires urgent response from all stakeholders to double their effort to ensure that the Universal Basic Education Commission’s mantra of “education for all, the responsibility of all” is achieved.”
The statement further noted that the importance of literacy to the development of any country or culture cannot be overemphasized, as it is the foundation for the development of skills necessary for personal and group enrichments. While wishing Nigeria a very warm celebration, we hope that more significant results would have been achieved when this day is celebrated in 2023 and in future.
The International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8 of every year. It was first celebrated in 1966 by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).