Family Literacy: A Strategy for Educational Improvement of Primary School Pupils in Nigeria
Alice E. Udosen (Ph.D)
Department of Curriculum Studies University of Uyo, Uyo
Basilia Igbokwe (Ph.D)
Department of Humanities Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri
This paper examines the concept of family literacy and emphasizes its potentialities in the educational improvement of children. It shows that family literacy is not accorded its pride of place in Nigeria as it is in other developed
countries probably because many Nigerians do not fully appreciate the roles of the family in the education of their wards. Since the socialization roles of the family can go as far as determining the future of the child, family literacy should be properly utilised especially at the basic education level where the right foundation needs to be laid. The paper ex—rays the challenges parents face in the task of improving their children’s literacy development. It acknowledges that while both literate and illiterate families are concerned about their children‘s learning, that
they are not really doing much in that regard. In view of this, the paper discusses the challenges of family literacy in Nigeria and suggests strategies that would impact on and engage all family types in the business of improving their children’s educational development.