Literacy is commonly defined as ability to read, write, numerate, and
engage in document processing (see Aboderin, 1993:246). This definition
provides the key to what is needed to function effectively in modern society
No wonder Sticht (1995:23) sees family literacy as a ”prime conditioner of the ability of the family to adapt, strive and even thrive in rapidly changing
circumstances ”i This paper looks at family literacy in terms of its usefulness to the development of individual members of the family and by logical extension, its rub off effect on the society/nation at large. The following four points adapted from Sticht (1995) provide the focus for our discussion in the paper.-
I. better educated adults produce better educated children;

  1. better educated adults demand and get better schooling for their
  2. better educated adults provide better communities for learning;
  3. better educated adults are more productive for society.