Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Africa Urged to Tackle Illiteracy

AFRICA needs to achieve a minimum of fifteen percent graduate workforce for it to compete effectively in the global economy.

Rector of African Virtual University, AVU, Dr Bakary Diallo, who made the observation during the launching of the AVU multinational project at the University of Port Harcourt, said there was so much optimism surrounding Africa's growth potential.

He however lamented that the continent was lagging behind in training the necessary human resources to match its rosy economic growth prospects.

According to him, the number of students enrolling in tertiary education was growing but the proportion was still dismally low since only about six percent of school leavers in Sub Sahara Africa gain admission for tertiary education yearly.

Bakary expressed the hope that the introduction of e-learning in Sub Sahara Africa would address the growing need for quality and affordable education and training.

He further explained that the AVU, being funded by the African Development Bank, would invest 200,000 dollars in the University of Port Harcourt in the second phase of the multinational project which is to be implemented in twenty one universities round Africa countries.

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