Literacy: APrerequisite for Education and Sustainable Development
Ijiga, Pius Adakole, Ph.D
Department ofCurriculum Studies
College ofEducation, Oju, Benue State.
According to the United Nations, more than 861 million adults are illiterate. In addition, some 113 million children are not in school and risk living out their adult lives as illiterate. This paper attempts to examine the linkages between literacy education and development. It takes a position that improved literacy contributes to economic growth; reduce poverty; reduce crime; engender peace; promote democracy; increase civic engagement; lead to lower birth rate as a result of increased education; and confer human benefits such as increased self—esteem, confidence and empowerment. However, the benefits of literacy ensue only when broader developmental frameworks are in place and are operating effectively Consequently, a number of suggestions are made for the development of comprehensive strategies and policy context for the development and promotion of literacy programmes in Nigeria.