The Jigawa State Agency for Mass Education has opened a study center for people with disabilities under its Literacy-by-Radio Program.
The agency’s executive secretary, Abbas Abubakar, announced this in Dutse on Tuesday.
Mr. Abbas said the center was opened in Aujara village in Jahun local government area and already, 25 PLWDs had registered.
The program was introduced by the government in 2021 for adult learners in order to boost the state’s literacy level.
He said the agency, however, decided to include persons with disabilities, vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
Mr. Abbas said each of the new learners, comprising 20 men and five woman were given a solar-powered radio to participate in the program.
The executive secretary added that though the PLWDs center was a pilot scheme, more center would be open for such category of people across the state.
“The gesture is part of the state government commitment on inclusive provision of education to all categories of people, including people with disabilities, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the state,” he stated. “The program is aimed at eradicating illiteracy in the state, particularly among adults in rural areas.”
Mr. Abbas also mentioned that the program was aired on Radio Jigawa.
The program was introduced to complement the efforts of the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education (NMEC) in boosting mass literacy in Jigawa.
In 2021, the NMEC supported the agency by donating 307 radios and other instructional materials as part of efforts to boost mass literacy in Jigawa.
The instructional materials included 307 memory cards, 52 compact disks (CDs) master, 307 2A, 2B and 2D exercise books each, 307 pencils, 307 sharpeners, 300 Forms C, 290 literacy by radio learners primers, and six registers.
The radios were distributed to 300 learners and seven facilitators at six literacy centers in Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Kaugama, Kafinhausa, Taura and Gumel local government areas.
The benefiting centers are Limawa in Dutse, Kangire in Birninkudu, Yalo in Kaugama, Jabo in Kafinhausa, Majiya in Taura and Garin Gambo in Gumel.
”The advantage of the program is that one radio teacher can reach more adult learners at once. These adult learners don’t have to go anywhere, they can learn in their locality,” he said. (NAN)