To secure the best future for these children, the most important policy Nigeria’s victorious president could pursue is an adult literacy campaign. Many ask why sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has not lifted itself out of poverty as Asia has done over the past few decades. The economist Mary Jean Bowman showed in the 1960s that without an adult literacy rate of 70-80%, countries did not industrialize. No countries with adult literacy below 70% have sustained a manufacturing sector that is one-fifth of the economy. Nigeria’s adult literacy rate is around 60% according to UN estimates for 2015.
Source: The North Africa Journal January 10, 2019 15:45 UTC