By Sunday Akintoye
The Center for Research in Enterprise and Action in Management (CREM) has pledged its commitment to its strategies and programmes geared towards improving literacy among Nigeria citizens.
According to the research center, apart from giving scholarships to students in universities across the country, it also trains and educates people to improve their literacy.
Speaking during the 2020 International Literacy Day organised by CREM with the theme “Literacy Teaching and Learning in the Covid-19 Crisis and beyond”, the organization’s Chief Operation Officer (COO), Mr Martins Ndigwe, said the center, has embarked on an initiative to support two million Nigerians to be literate for the next five years.
“Our commitment to this initiative has driven us to embark on a determined journey to support two million Nigerians through our different channels (instagram, facebook, twitter, linkedln, website) to be literate for the next five years leveraging our Ecosystem and our business School at Ejigbo Lagos.”
“International Literacy Day is an opportunity to acknowledge importance of literacy glocally (global and local) and to recognize Grooming Centre and CREMs work in supporting this initiative at every given opportunity as a catalyst to promote research based learning across different sectors in West Africa.
“Literacy is so fundamental to learning that its importance cannot be overstated. It is the essential foundation of education. The ultimate aim of any education system is to equip learners with the necessary literacy, numeracy and wider skills necessary to take control of their destinies and fulfill their potentials.
“Literacy is the first step towards freedom, towards liberation from social and economic constraints. It is the prerequisite for development, both individual and collective. It reduces poverty and inequality, creates wealth, and helps to eradicate problems of nutrition and public health.”
Ndigwe identified poor governance; inadequate educational facilities; lack of interest in education; high poverty rate and lack of information as some of the challenges affecting literacy and skills development in Nigeria.
He also noted that in the current world pre and post – Covid- 19, ICT and digital platforms are of the greatest demands, “owing to the fact that we’ve become a common global village, and we daily interact with electronic devices.
Also speaking, guest speaker, Mrs.Olaitan Shogaolu, predicted that there would be more dropouts’ post – Covid-19 as many parents might find it difficult to fund their children’s education.
She said the private organisations should take ownership of their community by supporting the education of more children who come from poor background.
She further charged the government and education stakeholders to revise the curriculum to 21st venture standard and compulsary education for every child.
The chairman of Ejigbo LCDA, Honourable Monsuru Bello popularly known as Obe who graced the occasions urged the private organizations to support the government in changing the mentality of people towards embracing education to improve literacy in the society.