RAN marks In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­acy Day, urges Nige­ri­ans to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tional devel­op­ment

Sunday Trust - - ARTS & IDEAS - By Hafsah Abubakar Matazu

The Read­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (RAN) com­mem­o­rated In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­acy day last week with the Pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Mrs. Irene Chinwe Mbafeno call­ing on all mem­bers of the so­ci­ety to sup­port and pro­mote lit­er­acy in the na­tion.

She made this call dur­ing a me­dia chat with mem­bers of the press to mark the day as well the con­clu­sion of Pan African Lit­er­acy for All Con­fer­ence (PALFA), which took place at the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel and Tow­ers in Abuja.

Mrs. Mbafeno also went ahead to read a speech by the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of UNESCO, Irina Boklova which high­lighted the need for new and higher level lit­er­acy skills due to the dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies in all spheres of life.

She fur­ther spoke on the im­por­tance of en­cour­ag­ing lit­er­acy in Nige­ria say­ing that, “the cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­acy Day in Nige­ria, a week af­ter host­ing PALFA is very sym­bolic. It shows the pas­sion and at­ten­tion the Nige­rian peo­ple pay to is­sues of lit­er­acy and ed­u­ca­tional devel­op­ment. This day aims to high­light the im­por­tance of lit­er­acy to in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties, so­ci­eties and gov­ern­ments.”

The Pres­i­dent then con­cluded the meet­ing by thank­ing all those who con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the re­cently con­cluded PALFA con­fer­ence hosted by the Read­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee Africa (IDC-A), In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­acy Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ILA), World Bank, Nige­rian North­ern Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive (NEI), the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion. She also thanked all the guests and par­tic­i­pants who at­tended.

Mrs Irene Mbanefo ad­dress­ing mem­bers of the press

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