Literacy and Adult Education: Desiderata for Human and Economic Development
Charles Okon Effiong, College Of Education, Afaha Nsit

Education has always been used as a yardstick for measuring both human and societal development. No nation can develop economically, politically, scientifically or technologically if her citizen/3′ is not literate. Nigeria is listed as having 69. I% literacy rate by United Nations Development Programme (UNDI’) Progress Report 2009, In spite of past efforts by government to encourage adult education, the literacy ratio in the country still remains low as many adult Nigerians, particularly in the rural areas are still illiterate. In view of the importance of adult education in combating illiteracy and solving developmental problems, there is need to strengthen this level of education. The paper examines how this programme can engender human and economic development.

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