Fast-track advocacy campaign for information literacy in Nigeria
An one year information literacy training project just started in Nigeria with support of UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) as part of an advocacy campaign to encourage the country's Government to get involved in information literacy.
The project aims at providing computer and Internet training to 360 students from 30 primary and secondary schools from six local government areas of three senatorial districts in Plateau State. It is designed to include the provision of information literacy training to about 120 teachers from the same districts. Training will also be extended information professionals in media, libraries, NGOs and Government institutions both at state and local government levels.
The project is being implemented by the Juvenile Development Centre, a Nigerian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) also based in the Plateau State, in collaboration with the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO.
The ultimate goal of the project is to fast-track an advocacy campaign to the Government policy-makers to encourage Government involvement in information literacy and ICT eductation within and outside the educational sectors, which should result in the formulation of strategies and policies for the State and the entire country. The other goal is to promote an information preservation culture in the public sector. The project will contribute to the establishment of a public ICT training centre for the subsequent training of citizens and the promotion of information literacy beyond the one-year IFAP funding.
UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) provides a framework for international co-operation and international and regional partnerships. It supports the development of common strategies, methods and tools to build inclusive, open and pluralistic knowledge societies and to narrow the gap between the information rich and the information poor.