The Federal Government of Nigeria with the support of development partners is developing a gender responsive education framework to among others mobilize effectively for the girl-child education, entitled She-Literacy Project. Making this known on Monday at the event to mark this year’s World Literacy Day, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen said the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, with the support of development partners, the Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders, including the United Nations Education Socio-Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) was launching the She-Literacy Project to commemorate the UN Literacy Day, stating also that the Ministry would promote adult education at all levels.
The She-Literacy Project, according to Tallen, was a National Sustainable Education Programme for Gender-equality aimed at promoting life-long learning processes for the socio-economic empowerment of women and the girl-child.
She said Nigeria has very large linguistic diversity, which can be used as a literacy tool to accelerate life-long-learning opportunities and bridge gender-literacy disparities, noting that the programme would use a Read-Her-Write protocol to promote knowledge across 20 inclusive development literacy programmes, including an Adult Literacy for Women Inclusion in Nigeria (ALWIN) element to engage, empower and educate women in sustainable economies.
The United Nations General Assembly, she pointed out, in a resolution has declared September 9th every year as the International Literacy Day, remarking that available statistics indicated that 97 percent of the World’s population speak just three percent of the over 6000 languages worldwide.
Dame Tallen said this was an indication that conversely only five percent of the World’s population can effectively communicate in about 96 percent of the indigenous languages, noting with sadness that the situation cannot preserve nor promote the world’s cultural heritage to the next generation.
She commended the efforts of the Nigerian Government at promoting multi-lingual literacy cultures at the 1 and 2 School levels of education, stressing that the national policy promotes Multi-lingualism, a progressive policy critical to boosting learning opportunities for women and reducing the school girl child phenomenon
Tallen promised to work on programmes that would accelerate gender education empowerment through the deployment of gender-friendly multi-faculty literacy systems, ranging from Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Mathematics (STEAM) and Literacy projects to Eco-literacy leaving opportunities, just as she hopes to work with the grass roots to deepen gender education and empowerment in line with the Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) 4 and 5.