By Okeowo Oladapo

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`Eko Nke Koo` (Lagos is Learning), an adult literacy programme initiated by the Lagos state government (LASG), through the Agency for Mass Education, has kicked off with the training of 1000 facilitators.

This was revealed by Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, the special adviser(education) to the governor.

He said the training is aimed at equipping the facilitators with the skills and knowledge required to efficiently carry out their jobs. This, he said, is an integral part of the programme and portrays the LASG’s total commitment to the success of the programme.

The first batch of 250 new facilitators would be trained in January and another set of 250 in February, while the remaining 500 would be trained in March.

“The Eko Nke Nkoo (Lagos is Learning) project was launched in 2016 as part of the commitment of Gov. Ambode’s administration to increase the state literacy level from 87 per cent to 95 per cent by 2019,

The state government has also partnered with religious bodies, NGOs, market and mechanic associations. Private organisations have also being partnered with to aid the increase of literacy centres across the state from the current 532 to 1000 by year end.

The expected effect of these efforts is the scaling up of adult learners’ access and retention rates.

According to Bank-Olemoh, identified organisations had expressed commitment to join hands with the state by providing spaces in markets, mechanic villages and religious centres for the tutelage of adult learners.

These centres would double as learning centres for the literacy programme and vocational centres for adults seeking to acquire marketable skills for greater functionality.

He said participating associations had also promised to encourage their members to participate.

“The upcoming training is a 2-day intensive training which will focus on topics including `Understanding Adult Learners` and `Qualities and Roles of a Good Literacy Facilitator`.

“Others are, `Enhancing Adult’s Motivation to Learn` and `Literacy Teaching Methods – Techniques and Approaches` among others. Upon completion of the training, the trainees will join the existing 486 facilitators already in the system.

“This training will be the first of its series aimed at equipping the literacy facilitators that will be deployed to the centres.

“The trainees will gain the necessary knowledge and skill to help us reach our goal of increasing the literacy rate across the state,” he said.