GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS) AND THE ACQUISITION OF LITERACY IN NIGERIA.
ADEYEMI COLLEGE OF EDUCA TIUN.
INSTITUTE OF EDUCA TIC/V,
08AFEM] A WOLO Wt) UNIVERSITY, ONDO.
It is observed that development in all aspect of a nation’s life is facilitated by attention to literacy promotion. A nation’s level of technological, economical and political development is largely a reflection of its level of literacy development (Umolu, 1991). Literacy is thus one of the surest means to arrive at the goal of sustainable human development— goals that the third world countries must pursue if they are to liberate their people from poverty, despair, squalor and disease. This paper is in this direction. The paper attempts a definition of literacy and traces the history of GIS to modern geography. It explains what Geography is in general and GIS in particular. The paper
argues that literacy acquisition has been beneficial to the developed world It then identifies the role and contribution of GIS to literacy acquisition in a developing country like Nigeria. The paper further elucidates on geography as a discipline and highlights some of the problems militating against literacy acquisition. It then proffers solution.