Government’s commitment in actualizing the policy of Education for All {EFA}, has been commended as the United Nation Education, Scientific Cultural Organization {UNESCO}, under the supervision of Agency for Adult and Non- formal Education {AANE}, in the state distributed laptops and instructional materials to Revitalizing Adult and Youth Literacy {RAYL} Centers in Akwa Ibom State.

Addressing the people at the event, the Director of Agency for Adult and Non-formal Education in the state, Mrs. Theresa Edet Attih, while commending the state government for giving attention to the state’s education sector, expressed gratitude to the Commissioner for Education, Elder Aniekan Akpan for his commitment and dedication to ensuring that the sector’s envisaged goals are met.

She said that the Agency, which came into existence by Edit 1 of 1987 is obliged to eradicate illiteracy and actualize Education for All {EFA} and sustainable Development Goal {SDG}, as well as creating employment for adults and youths by training them on relevant skills. She called on all to partner with AANE for an effective social change through literacy of the people and commended UNESCO for its kind gesture. “I urged you to make maximum use of the laptops and instructional materials to actualize the dreams of the donor Agency”, Attih advised the beneficiaries.

She however appealed to the government to implement the National Policy on Non-formal Education {2004} and the Akwa Ibom State Education Law Cap 44 SS 33, S{e} 34, 35{c}, as well as the National Blue Print for Adult and Non-formal Education {2008}, adding that the state government free education should be extended to Adult Education.

Presenting the items to Revitalizing Adult and Youth Literacy {RAYL} Centers in the state, the Commissioner for Education, Elder Aniekan Akpan, commended UNESCO for its efforts over the years in partnering with Agency for Adult and Non-formal Education {AANE} to promote adult literacy programmes in the state, urging beneficiaries to make proper use of the items and ensure that the laptops and instructional materials are housed at adequate prepared place.

The Commissioner said that within the framework of the ongoing 3-year {2012 – 2015} Revitalizing Adult and Youth Literacy {RAYL} in Nigeria, UNESCO and NMEC has identified four local government areas in Akwa Ibom State, namely, Ika, Etinan, Mbo and Okobo.

While frowning at the level of illiteracy in the society, Aniekan Akpan tasked AANE, the Ministry’s parastatal, which he said had been working with UNESCO and National Commission for mass literacy to thrive in fulfilling its mandate of eradicating illiteracy in the state.

He reminded local government council executives of their roles in the Adult Literacy Sub sector, calling also on NGOs and spirited individuals to rise and fight illiteracy in the state by partnering with Agency for Adult and Non formal Education {AANE}.

Aniekan Akpan however, pledged the readiness of Governor Udom administration in spreading basic literacy among adult illiterates throughout the state.

One of the beneficiaries of the UNESCO largess in his thank you remarks, Mr. Etim Ekpo Edubio, who was representing Ika LGA, lauded the donor agency for the instructional items and expressed gratitude to AANE for organizing the event and its various programmes in ensuring that illiteracy is eradicated in the state.

Edubio, who is a Director, SDEISC in Ika LGA, commended Commissioner for Education for his magnanimity in ensuring that education for all is actualized, and appealed that the state government should give adequate attention to Revitalizing Adult and Youth Literacy {RAYL} Centers in the state.

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