Nigeria’s National Mass Education Commission (NMEC)’s Literacy by Radio Project got a boost of US$1 million (N157 million) from the Procter & Gamble for the project to start this year, Alhaji Jibrin Paiko, Executive Secretary of the commission, told journalists on Sunday in Abuja.
Paiko said UNESCO had helped the commission to secure the grant from the multi-national company for the project which was designed to teach non-literate Nigerians in English Language and would commence in Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), chosen as pilot states for the project.
Paiko also said that 800 facilitators had been trained to run the programme designed to provide literacy and skills empowerment for women and girls.
According to him, Radio Nigeria, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Rivers State Radio, Aso Radio and the Ministry of Education were collaborating with NMEC to ensure success of the project.
He said that the commission was scaling up its training of 30 facilitators from one additional local government area in each state.
Paiko said that this was in addition to the 114 trainers from three council areas in each state that were trained in 2013 under the “Train the Trainer” scheme.
He said that the work plan for the programme was developed by UNESCO.
He reiterated his call for states to support literacy programmes by paying the facilitators.
Paiko said that lack of support by most states had always been the commission’s greatest challenge in achieving its mandate.