THE ROLE OF PRIVATE AGENCIES IN THE PROMOTION OF MASS LITERACY (A CASE STUDY OF OREDO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, BENIN CITY)
This study examines the role of private agencies in the promotion of mass literacy campaign in Oredo Local Government Area. Private agencies was seen as playing a complementary role with the government agencies in mass literacy crusade aimed at eradicating illiteracy from the locality and the society in general.
The instruments used for gathering the data were: questionnaire, oral interview and documentary sources.
The study was based on the assumption that the participation of private agencies in the promotion of mass literacy campaign is a strategy designed to increase the literacy level of Oredo Local Government area and to achieve literacy for all by the year 2020.
From the data collected and analyzed, the following findings were made:
a. There is harmonious relationship between private and public agencies in mass literacy campaign aimed at eradicating illiteracy from the society.
b. There are increase in the enrolment figure and grandaunts from private literacy centres over the years in Benin City. This has contributed to the general literacy level of the society.
c. The average class size of private literacy centres is below 30 participants and the teacher – participants ratio is 1:25.
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