The Agency for Mass Education, Lagos, has said one of the major challenges of adult learners is inconsistency in attendance or complete abandonment of Mass Education/Literacy programmes.
Speaking at the Mass Literacy Forum with key stakeholders from all 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas, held in Alausa Secretariat on Thursday, Director, AME, Mrs Kemi Kalesanwo, explained that most of their students who are usually adults were inconsistent, adding that there was the need to also create more awareness about the programmes across the state.
She said, ‘‘The stakeholder meeting brings together all education heads of Departments in our LGAs on how to move mass literacy forward and to create awareness for mass education. We decided to brainstorm on how we can make them finish the nine-month education programme without abandoning it. The six education districts and LASUBEB also gave us the approval to use their schools.’’
She said that AME also gave out teaching materials to the participants for onward distribution in their centres.
Similarly, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education to Governor, Mr Kasali Adeniran, explained that only education was capable of liberating and building the people.
‘‘Grassroots is key in mass literacy so that we all work together to achieve the goal we have set. Education is also important to Mr Governor, the reason he positioned it as the 3rd pillar in the THEMES agenda. It is not about literacy alone but about vocational study too we are building people so that they can live and survive in the Lagos environment. It is only education that can liberate you and we must help our people in our various communities. We must work as a team, there must be synergy we must collaborate.’’
One of the participants, HOD, Ijede LCDA, Mr Deji Owolabi, said, ‘‘This programme is timely and it is an eye-opener, it challenges our thinking capability to dig deeper into our job and do more for adult literacy/mass education.’’