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A group under the auspices of Tongston Holdings blamed the rising illiteracy rate in northern Nigeria on deprivation of education.
The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the group, Ing. Bello Mohammed Tongo said this yesterday in Gombe State when presenting prizes worth 1.7 million naira to students and educators at the 1st North East Literature, Culture and Creativity Festival.
Noting that the move was aimed at deepening the group’s support for education in northeast Nigeria, Tongo lamented that the northeast has been the hardest-hit region in Nigeria, with high levels of insecurity and of poverty.
According to the CEO, the North East also has the highest illiteracy rates in Nigeria, revealing that the lowest is 31.9% for men and 14.9% for women, both recorded in Yobe. .
He said the northeastern states have net female primary school attendance rates of 47.7 percent, saying the deprivation of education in northern Nigeria is due to various factors including economic barriers and sociocultural norms and practices that discourage attendance of informal education, especially for girls.
He explained, “Therefore, the North East Literacy Festival marks an important first step in revitalizing literacy levels in the region. The main objective of the Festival was aligned with Tongston’s core values of personal, economic, socio-cultural and sustainable development. Indeed, Tongston’s basic proposition is based on chronic unemployment, underemployment and employability of young people with basic / higher education, largely motivated by the nature of the education system which does not prepare young people for the world of work. work, business or government.
“The emphasis is on building entrepreneurial thinking capacities while integrating media, finance and business to produce entrepreneurs capable of stimulating the sustainable socio-economic development of our country and our continent.
“It is on this basis that Tongston pledged its support in cash and in-kind prizes worth N300,000 to the students. As part of Tongston’s service offerings and the centrality of sustainable development goals as one of its core values. “
In addition, Tongo further revealed that over 1.3 million naira of prizes including 150,000 naira in cash prizes and vouchers were awarded to six educators from the winning educational institutions representing in the six categories at primary level. and secondary, to access Tongston’s First Introductory Entrepreneurship Course (TIEEC).