The Mass Literacy Programme which was launched in 1982, was meant to
eliminate illiteracy by the year 1992. This, however, was not meant to be as the ”Magic year ” shifted to the year 2000. The programme has made some progress in trying to eradicate illiteracy, especially among women. This programme, partly sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), caters for learners who have enrolled for the Basic Literacy, Post—Literacy (Functional) and the Remedial/continuing Education Courses. This study sought to answer the following questions:
- Why did women enrol in this programme?
- How important is education to a woman?
- Has literacy changed the women ‘s view on certain issues?
- How will their achievement in this programme affect their lives?
Data gatheredfrom 24 women and girlsfrom Zaria City and Tudun Wada wards 0fZaria LGA in Kaduna State revealed, among other things, that:
i. although most of the women would love to be literate, their husbands refuse to give them the opportunity.
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iii. these women see themselves as having an enhanced social status because they are now literate.
The implications of the results were drawn. The paper calls for prudence in the management offunds for the programme. It also observed that serious attention is not paid to the problem of gender disparity. Suggestions are madefor tackling the problems so identified so that the programme would be achievement oriented as well as meet the expectations of the designers by the year 2010.