All concerned with national development acknowledge that education or literacy is essential. Access to education is an essential prerequisite for an individual ’s full and functional participation in the society. Literacy is one of the fundamental avenues to this access. Literacy is considered as the ability to communicate effectively with oneself and others and not just the ability to read and write. This paper, therefore, discusses the possibility of
achieving higher functional literacy through distance education systems while arguing that the language in which one is literate ought to be both international and indigenous. It also attempts pointing out possible co-operative roles of some relevant professional Associations.