The Lagos State Government, said it is set to begin training of the first batch of 1000 facilitators for its adult literacy programme christened Eko Nke Koo (Lagos is Learning) through the Agency for Mass Education, aimed at equipping facilitators with skills required to train adults.
The first batch of the training, launched last year, involving 250 new facilitators, is billed to hold between January 10 and 11, 2017, according to Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Education.
The Eko Nke Koo project, the statement added, is part of the commitment of Governor Ambode’s administration to increase the State’s literacy level from 87 percent to 95 percent by the year 2019.
According to Bank-Olemoh, another set of 250 will follow in February, while the remaining 500 would be trained in March, noting that training and capacity development remained a very integral part of the programme, assuring that government was committed to the success of the initiative.
Achieving the set goals of increasing access for adult learners and growing the retention rates, the State Government, the statement added, initiated partnerships with religious organizations as well as NGOs, market and mechanic associations, and private sector partners in a bid to scale up the number of literacy centres across the State from the current 532 centres to 1000 in 2017.
Already, Bank-Olemoh said identified organizations have expressed commitment to join hands with the government by providing spaces in markets, mechanic villages and religious centres for the tutelage of adult learners.
Bank-Olemoh, who disclosed that the centres would double as learning centres for the literacy programme and vocational centres for adults seeking to acquire marketable skills for greater functionality, said participating associations have also promised to encourage their members to enroll in the programme.
Speaking further, he said: “The upcoming training is a 2-day intensive training which will focus on topics including: Understanding adult learners; qualities and roles of a good literacy facilitator; enhancing adult’s motivation to learn; and literacy teaching methods, techniques and approaches among others. Upon completion of the training, the trainees will join the existing 486 facilitators already in the system.
“This training will be the first of its series aimed at equipping the literacy facilitators that will be deployed to the centres. The trainees will gain the necessary knowledge and skill to help us reach our goal of increasing the literacy rate across the State,” he added.