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Japan partners UNESCO to boost literacy in Gombe

No fewer than 100 marginalised women and girls  from Gombe State would benefit from the collaboration of Japanese government and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Director of Gombe State Adult and Non Formal Education Agency, Abubakar Bappari, has said.
Bappari disclosed this on Monday during the commencement of a two-day step down training for facilitators of Basic Literacy Programme held at Education Resource Centre Gombe, with the theme: ‘Literacy, teaching and learning in the Covid-19 crisis and beyond’.
According to him, the Japan-UNESCO Literacy project is piloted across three states, namely, Gombe, Bauchi and Delta, adding that learners in Gombe would be taught across 10 centres, with 10 persons benefiting in each of the centres.

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He noted that the centres would cater for out-of-school children from age six to 16 years, while the adult ranges from 16 years and above, adding that it would help eradicate illiteracy, especially in the era of Covid-19.
“We have three master trainers that are going to train the 10 facilitators and we have 10 centres in Gombe State and 10 learners are expected to be trained across  each centre, making a total of 100.
“The support from Japan government, UNESCO is targeted at three states in Nigeria namely Delta, Bauchi and Gombe, out of 37 states including FCT, the three states were selected based on merit. So this answers the question on what we are doing to help the illiterate attain quality education,” Bappari said.


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