Adult Literacy Uncovered and the Need for Equal Educational Opportunity for All

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume III, Issue I, January 2019 | ISSN 2454–6186

Adult Literacy Uncovered and the Need for Equal Educational Opportunity for All

Muhammad Alkali

Department of Adult Education and Extension Services, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria

Abstract:-Nigeria is signatory to the universal declaration on human rights which listed among other things the right to educate as one of the fundamental right of citizens. Right from our national policy on education to the government and societies general attitudes to special adults in the literary arrangement, there is a glaring deficiency and lack of commitment in carrying these segments of our neglected society along. Available statistics shows that the segment accounts for over 25 million, which shows that this mass of citizens had all this while been neglected, abandoned and prevented from contributing to the socio economic development of the nation, rather they are made of no relevance and a menace to the society, to the shame of a great country like Nigeria. This paper therefore seeks to draw the attention of government, the society and all concerned to the need to redress this anomaly and rather turn this ugly trend to the benefit of those concerns and the nation in general.


Literacy is recognised as a basic human right and an essential condition for human development. And analysis from a sample survey of developing countries indicates that increases in literacy contribute to increase in investment and output per worker. Literacy is as well as nutrition and income was found to correlate with increase life expectancy and reduce infant and maternal motility. Overall differences in patterns of education of educational investments, especially at the basic level are significant in explaining differences in National rates of economic growth and other development indicators.
Every segment of the society is therefore expected to get one form of literacy or the other for self-development and positive contribution to the economy.

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