THE PROSPECTS OF THE NIGERIAN NOVEL IN SHAPING NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS TOWARD SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

AUTHOR: ASOMUGHA, C.B.

DEPARTMENT: GENERAL STUDIES

AFFILIATION: FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, OKO

The relationship between a nation’s economic development and its level of literacy has been established. (Encarta Encyclopaedia, 2000). The UNESCO World Education Report 1991, establishes that more than half of the population of Sub Saharan Africa is illiterate. In a wider sense, literacy involves those skills required to function in a developed economic society. This level of literacy transcends the mere ability to read and pass comprehension tests. This is otherwise known as functional literacy. As well, the relationship between literature and the acquisition and honing of functional literacy has been established. More so, the functionality of literature is in its ability to positively influence the minds and attitudes of the cit1zenry toward comprehensive and sustainable development of society.
Yet, owing to high levels of illiteracy, mismanaged economy, and technological backwardness, the enormous potentials of literature in fashioning the total person have been largely untapped in Africa.

 

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