UNIILORIN to offer free adult education to host community

University of Ilorin has concluded plans to provide free adult education and counselling services to residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital and its environs before the end of this year.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to its host community, the institution said the gesture would help increase literacy rate in the town.

The Director of the Institute of Adult Education, Professor Mudashiru Yusuf, said yesterday in a chat with reporters in Ilorin that efforts were on to reintroduce self-sustaining extramural classes for candidates who have been performing poorly in public examinations.

The professor of Educational Technology said the institute is working on plans to accommodate more students through the establishment of diploma programmes such as Human Kinetics and Health Education, Instructional Radio and Television, Art and Craft, Photography for school certificate holders as well as the Higher National Diploma (HND) conversion programme.

He explained that the institute has a mandate to add value to the socio-economic development of the host community.

According to him: “The university is already doing it and we as a faculty and the Institute of Education are collaborating to ensure that before the end of the year we begin the free adult education programme for people within Ilorin environment.”

He added: “We are planning a community counseling centre, which would be manned by experts to offer free services on marital affairs, academic matters, job issues, mental health and teenage affairs.”

Yusuf said these services would be rendered at the mini campus of the university in conjunction with the counseling unit, the Centre for Supportive Services for the Deaf (CSSD), Department of Health Education and the College of Health Sciences.

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