Amaechi U. Enyi

Department of English Language and Literature, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki

John S. Ereke

Department of Arts and Social Science Education, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki


Literacy is a broad concept that gears towards enlightening the mind of individuals. The ability of a person to read, write and understand information means literacy. Literacy and language policy are intertwined concepts that cannot be separated since literacy is a tool through which language policies are actualized. Although several language policies have been formulated by different governments, surprisingly; none of these has responded in solving Nigerias literacy challenges holistically. The paper therefore discusses the concept and approaches to literacy, literacy across the world and its relationship with language policy and development. The approaches to literacy broadly reflect the evolution of the meaning of literacy in different disciplinary policy traditions. While national and international language policies have not directly responded to these views, there has been a mutual influence between evolving theories and policyoriented approaches to literacy in Nigeria. Conclusion was drawn based on the ideas discussed here as vital in relation to literacy and language policy in Nigeria.

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