UNESCO, Nigeria Seal Pact to Bolster Youth, Adult Literacy

UNESCO and Nigeria have signed a deal that seeks to boost youth and adult literacy in the country, where around 50 million adults cannot read and write and 9 million youths are out of school.

The agreement was signed on May 6 in Paris between UNESCO Executive Director Irina Bokova and Nigerian Federal Minister of Education Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, the U.N. News Center reports.

Under the accord, the Nigerian government will spend $6 million to improve the country’s capacities to design, deliver and monitor the quality of literacy programs. The project will run for 42 months and will be managed by UNESCO.

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