The University of Lagos Literacy Centre

The University of Lagos Literacy Centre was established in April 2010 under the leadership of Prof. Supo Jegede the Head of Department. The initial idea was to promote the Department and practicalize what the Department stands for – empowering the adult learner in every way possible.

It is the Department’s social service to the community and environs.  It is run totally by the Department in collaboration with the Lagos State Agency for Mass Education (LSAME); the Non-Governmental Association for Literacy Support Services (NOCALSS) and the occasional contributions from international organizations like UNICEF.

The coordinator from inception has been Dr Blessing Anyikwa, a Senior Lecturer in the Department who has been outstanding.

The Centre started at the Oluwole Primary School near the University’s first gate with the permission of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).  It was later moved to the University of Lagos Staff School.

The program began with the enrollment of 10 students from within the University and the neighboring communities and grew to 80 learners segregated into the Basic (beginners) class for non-literates; the second level is the equivalent of Nursery to Primary 1 and 2 in the formal school setting; the intermediate class is the equivalent of Primary 3,4 and 5 and the advanced class is for Primary 6 and up to JSS 1 and 2 as the post-literacy class.  The Center equally organizes the occasional Vocational and Skill acquisition program for the learners.

The success of the Centre is strongly based on the supervisory role played by the Lecturers in the Department and our 300 year level students who use the Center for their Internship/Practicum experience to work with adult learners.

The Department also celebrates the United Nations International Literacy Day on the 8th of September by organizing a literacy activity.  This year’s theme was women’s empowerment by giving a talk on rape with a Seminar on the 10th of September.

This was also organized by Dr Anyikwa and the activities consisted of a campus rally for awareness and education on violence and rape against women on the 3rd of September.

There lecture was attended by dignitaries from the wife of the Vice Chancellor, the Director of Mass Education Agency in Alausa as well as  relevant organizations like Mirabel (a rape management and counseling Centre) and another NGO – Eagles Wings Development Centre (for the girl child education).

T.V.Bakare, Ag. Head of Department.      

These are the activities in pictures: