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The National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education is the statutory Federal Government parastatal charged with the responsibility of making literate all those who for one reason or the other did not or cannot benefit from the formal school system. These include out-of-school youths, children in the street, women in purdah, victims of teenage motherhood (VVF), Nomadic illiterate people, Almajiris and other migrant fishing folks. The beneficiaries should be able to use the literacy skill acquired in their daily socio-economic activities.

It was established under Decree No. 17 of June 26, 1990, established commission but it did not take off fully until July 5, 1991, when its Governing Board under the Chairmanship Chief A. Y. Eke was inaugurated in Lagos by the then Minister of Education, Professor Aliu Babatunde Fafunwa.



A society where its Adults and Youths can read, write and have access to Lifelong Learning Opportunities.



To eradicate illiteracy and provide lifelong non - formal and continuing education to all nigerians for sustainable development.


Objectives of the Commission

The broad objectives of the Commission are to:

  • Increase awareness of the importance of literacy and solicit the participation and cooperation of all stakeholders in the task of making all Nigerians literate.
  • Develop literacy programmes with special attention to the disadvantaged groups such as women, the marginalised groups, rural dwellers and out-of-school children, among others.



Functions of the Commission

The Commission’s functions spelt out in the enabling decree and deriving from its objectives include:

  • Designing and promoting strategies and programmes for the implementation of Mass Literacy in line with the spirit of Education For All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • Monitoring and coordinating activities relating to the national mass literacy campaign in order to ensure rapid and successful eradication of illiteracy in Nigeria.
  • Developing and disseminating learning materials in non-formal education programmes aimed at promoting literacy levels amongst all the target groups.
  • Motivating and mobilizing people to participate in mass literacy, and adult and non-formal education programmes.
  • Prescribing the strategies and methods for integrating Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education for the purpose of being learners centred and to ensure an increase in enrolment, completion and mainstreaming rates.