HomeSMCC Higher Education Research Journalvol. 2 no. 1 (2016)

Literacy: Political Emancipation and Sustainable Development

J. O. Ojo-ajibare



This study sought to determine the extent to which literacy education facilitated acquisition, and development of intellectual skills. The study also sought to find out whether literacy education enhanced performance of civic responsibilities, mobilization of grass roots people for political participation, democratic governance and continuous
life-long learning for sustainable development. The study adopted the descriptive survey research design while a purposive multistage random sampling procedure was adopted in selecting and administering questionnaire to the respondents. A total of 146 (88 males and 58 females) respondents of intact classes (groups) of learners. The questionnaire and interview schedule were the primary research instruments used in collecting data for the study. The results showed that 91.78 per cent of the respondents asserted that literacy resulted into development of intellectual skills, self-reflection, awareness creation and sensitiveness to social issues. Similarly, the results showed that 87.67 percent of the participants concurred that through dialogue, inquiry, sensitivity to cause and effect relations, and expression of the rights to self-determination, literacy engendered compliance with rules and regulations, and mobilization of grass roots people for political participation and democratic governance.