Studies have proven that literacy is crucial to economic development as well as individual well-being. There is no question that literacy and the underdeveloped state of Northern Nigeria’s economy go hand-in-hand. This thesis addresses the questions surrounding how literacy affects not only day-to-day life Northern Nigerians, but also how it contributes to the economic and political climate of the region. It provides a proposed solution that could enhance the day-to-day life and overall literacy for people through thoughtful policy agendas. The most important factors affecting literacy are gender, access to education and language barriers. This thesis is intended not only to improve the state of modern-day Nigeria, but also to analyze the failed education structures in the past. In order to understand how Northern Nigeria got to where they are, a clear understanding of the country’s history and what events led to such low literacy rates must be developed. This thesis dissects the barriers of education and their historical context and ultimately provides a policy agenda that, if adopted, could potentially increase literacy in the region and, therefore, raise the quality of life for the citizens and promote the economic climate. The agenda sets goals to provide resources based on need; address and break language barriers; promote more programs that provide assistance and expertise.

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Fall 11-28-2021


Ogechi E. Anyanwu

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