… As Lagos Education Commissioner calls for more partnership in education development
By Amidu Arije
No fewer than 250 adults have graduated from three months adult literacy education programme organised by the Inner Wheel District 912 Nigeria for Lagos and Ogun state residents.
At the graduation ceremony held on Sunday at the Caleb International School, Ikosi, Lagos, was the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo.
Speaking at the event, Mrs Adefisayo congratulated the Inner Wheel for the success of the literacy education programme.
Adefisayo said educating a woman is educating the entire nation hence the initiative by the Inner Wheel is a commendable one and that the state government is not relenting in its efforts at ensuring all and sundry in the state are educated.
She said, “One thing we have to ensure is that all people are educated and a state that educates its women has educated the nation generally. So, in educating our women in literacy education, computer and skills, what we have done is that we have expanded their influence and we have also ensured that more are educated in the state.
This is of extreme importance and we are very proud of what the Inner Wheel is doing.”
Speaking on the effort of the state government at ensuring all is educated in the state, Mrs Adefisayo, said the mass literacy education department is making efforts at reaching all people within the state.
“We do this all the time, we have a whole department handling this using their curriculum, we have schemes and continued education centres across all local governments in the state and we are open, anybody that wants to partner with us just like the Inner Wheel, can come on board and we will give them our curriculum,” she said.
The commissioner said the state ministry of education is open to partners who would want to partner the government for improved education.
“Partnership and collaborations are extremely important, we always reach out for partners and the more partnership on board the more we are able to educate our people and the better for our state. So, I reach out to Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the education sector to come in partnership with us.”
Speaking on the occasion, chairman of the club, Mrs Ronke Solomon, said the club embarked on adult literacy education to bring meaningful development to participants and the society at large.
She said, “We thank God for the successful completion of the three months adult literacy training programme held for adults in Lagos State and Ogun states respectively.
We are happy that learners were ready to learn, they were so determined to learn, their attitude helped us achieve this mission even in the face of the Endsars violence, they were still coming to classes, they were so determined.”
Mrs Solomon said the club also trained some others in computer education, carpentry, and other skill acquisition programmes.
“Many of them were also trained in computer literacy and other skill acquisition programmes, we have also given them the tools needed for their various skills. We gave those who learn tailoring sewing machines, carpentry tools and computer sets for those trained on information technology skills,” she said.
Mrs Solomon said the adult literacy programme will help participants the opportunity of impacting their lives and community positively.
She said, “the community we have the value, they will have more listening ear, understand how to read and write and they cannot be cheated in their buying and selling transactions.
The community at large will be happy to have more knowledgeable persons among them and thereby contributing to the development of their various societies.”
She encouraged the graduates to make judicious use of what they have learnt and go all out to impact their communities.
One of the participants in the literacy programme was a 77-year old Mrs Cecilia Abiodu Taiwo.
She said the urge to learn more gave her the courage to enrol for the literacy programme.
Mrs Taiwo said to her learning is a continuum, hence she decided to continue to learn more until. her death.
“This gives me the opportunity to learn, I enrol in other to know more. I will continue to learn until my death because learning only a stops at the period of death,” she said.
She appreciated the Inner Wheel for the opportunity given her and others to learn new things.
Director of Lagos State Agency for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, Mrs. Oluwakemi Yetunde Kalesanwo, promised that all participants in the literacy programme of the Inner Wheel will be given opportunity to further their studies at no cost if they are so desirous in continuing their studies.
Mrs Kalesanwo represented by Mr Akin Johnson Oladipo, a director at the agency said all that needs to be done to assist the participants would be done to ensure they achieve their goals in life.
He said, “We will not leave you alone, we will take it up from where the Inner Wheel stopped. We will take you through Junior Secondary School 1 session to university if you so desire to learn more.”