Five million children benefit from UBEC literacy programme

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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A total number of 5 Million children have been reached under the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, Partnership with Universal Learning Solutions Literacy Programme.

The Partnership has also resulted to training of 100,000 teachers across Nigeria.

The Commission’s Director of Teacher Development, Ismail Yahya made these known in Abuja during the Celebration of 100,000th Jolly Phonics Teacher Trained by UBEC.

According to Mr Yahya, “in the last 7 years Jolly Phonics has been in Nigeria and they have assisted in training teachers and what we are doing here today is to celebrate the 100,000th teachers trained and we are happy because of the impact this has on the future of the children in the area of Literacy.”

“The significance is not in the numbers of teachers trained but the numbers of children that have been reached across Nigeria, 5million children have been reached across Nigeria through the 100,000 teachers trained”

UBEC Director of Academic Services, Madawaki Wadatau, said the programme is continuous following the 10percent funds allocated to Teacher development through UBEC 2018 allocation to States.

The programme is continuous as much as the 10percent allocation of UBEC to State Universal basic education board is still intact, any state that judicious use their teacher’s development fund can present their outcomes and get another fund moreao as it is we have not exhausted the 2018 teachers development fund.”

On teachers in the rural areas, Wadatau said the teachers in the rural areas are being reached through their state universal basic education boards.

Before jolly phonics started proper we had problems with our education at the basic level specifically at primary one & two levels, most of the children finds it difficult to read but with the introduction of jolly phonics, learning, segmentation and pronunciation of words is made easier for children to easily form words”.

Gary Foxcroft the Chief Executive of Universal Learning Solutions, said the Jolly phonics programme which began in 2006 in one school in Akwa Ibom State has spread to the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.

Illiteracy remains a challenge in Nigeria hence we saw the need to partner with UBEC and the SUBEBS, Jolly Phonics is a non-profit making organisation which is motivated by impact made on the pupils, we believe every child have the potentials and with the ability to read and write, there is hope that the children can study up to any level.”