ICT and Adult Literacy in Nigeria: Problems and Prospect
Amadi, Apppolonia I (PHD)
Directorate ofGeneral Studies,
Federal University of Technology,
Owerri (FUTO), Imo State.
Phone: 08033604904. Email: dramadi20l2@yahao.com
Uche Nnamani
Directorate ofGeneral Studies,
Federal University of Technology ()werri.
E—mail: ugwunezenfla‘tyahoaxom
Edward Omeire
Directorate of General Studies.
Federal University ofTec-hnology, Owerri

The 21″ century has seen many transformations. One ofthe most remarkable is the transitionfrom traditional agrarian, labour-intensive economy to knowledge-basedeconomy Under this era. literacy has come to be construed as a new paradigm and a criticalfactor in economic development. (‘rucial because, it engenders the production. exchange, distribution and use of knowledge which is the main driver of employment generation. wealth creation, participation and economic growth in knowledge society. Despite this recognition, Nigeria is still lagging behind in common indicators of knowledge intensity such as adult literacy. Adult literacy education in Nigeria remains limited and in some cases denied due to certaintactors. These factors ranget’rom social, cultural. political, geographical, to cost and limited manpower. However, tangible evidence across the globe sag tests that ICTs are capable ofhelping nations to overcome many ofthese barriers. [(‘T can contribute to increasing access to literacy and improving the quality ofliteracy education in Nigeria, This paper explores the many roles [CT can play in promoting adult literacy in Nigeria. It also highlights some of the issues associated with inlcgrating [CT into adult literacy programmes in Nigeria.

Keywords: [CT, adult literacy, education, development and employment generation

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