Tinubu Will Tackle The Menace of Out-of-school Children – Minister of Education

  • Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, underscores President Tinubu’s commitment to tackling out-of-school children and adult illiteracy
  • The minister’s latest figures put the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria at 10.5 million

As Nigeria celebrated International Literacy Day 2023, the Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, said on Friday that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to addressing the issue of out-of-school children, adding that he does not want any Nigerian to remain in Nigeria illiterate.

Professor Maman made the remarks in Abuja at a ceremony commemorating International Literacy Day under the theme “Promoting Literacy for a World in Transition: Building the Foundation for Sustainable and Peaceful Societies,” noting that the challenges of illiteracy among adults and out-of-school children are significant.

Among the top eight priorities they mapped out and established at the last executive meeting.

He described the problem of school absenteeism as an intolerable disease.

We have the directives from Mr President and we have our own personal resolve to address this matter and, in the weeks ahead, we will be engaging the public on the measures and platforms to address them. We will not allow any obstacle in our way in achieving the goal, he said.

To respond to the problem of conflicting information The minister said the latest figure for out-of-school children in the country was 10.5 million.

Executive Secretary of the National Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education Commission (NMEC), Professor Simon Akpama, said this year’s International Literacy Day provides them with another ample opportunity to sincerely reconsider the role of literacy in promoting peace, the fundamental role played by social and cultural aspects.

Stability, social and economic reconstruction and development.

Since 1967, UNESCO has celebrated International Literacy Day to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of human rights and dignity and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.





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