Resident Coordinator, United Nations System in Nigeria Daouda Toure said on Monday that the Federal Government had set aside N1 billion self-benefitting funds-in- trust to be domiciled with UNESCO to revitalise adult and youth literacy in the country.
Toure said this in Abuja at a round-table on cultivating peace to mark the 2012 International Literacy celebration with the theme Literacy for Peace.
He said that the project aimed to accelerate national efforts to achieve Education For All (EFA) goals three and four with emphasis on skills development to empower individual and communities to reduce poverty.
“One of the strategic priorities of the project revitalising adult and youth literacy in Nigeria is the creation of multi-sectoral committees for literacy at federal, state and local government levels.
“NGO’s, UN, and other international development partners to participate in the provision of quality literacy and non-formal education.
“It is not hard to that literacy and illiterate population are a fundamental requirement for peace which is essential for the success of our development works in Nigeria.”
Toure urged the Federal Government to work with other stakeholders in the implementation of literacy project whose success would reinforce a collective effort in support of the transformation agenda.