Nigeria has experienced an exponential growth in population over the last ten years and has struggled to cope with the demands of providing functional education for a growing young population. Successive governments have not been able to accommodate various strata of the society within the educational system. As a result of which, Nigeria now has between 65 and 75 million illiterates according to a UNESCO report, 2017.
Non formal Education plays an important role in any Nation’s development. Out-of-school programmes in particular, are central to providing adaptable learning opportunities and new skills and knowledge to a large percentage of people outside the reach of formal education. Adult literacy in particular is relevant to development and reducing gender inequality prevalent in Nigerian society. It increases women’s participation in both private and public activities i.e. in house-hold decision making and as active citizens in community affairs and National development.
According to UNESCO (2010), non-formal education helps to ensure equal access to education, eradicate illiteracy among women and improves rural dwellers access to vocational training, technology and continuing education. It also encourages the development of non-discriminatory education and training and promotes life-long education. It provides emergency training to out-of-school children, youth and adults with educational activities that meet their needs and interests.iects relevant to their protection, well-being and psychosocial needs.
It supplements formal schooling of children and youth with subjects relevant to their protection, well-being and psychosocia. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of the “Education for All” program suggests an 80% access to basic education in order to achieve a sustainable level of learning skills by the larger population.