RE-BRANDING THE YOUTH THROUGH FUNCTIONAL LITERACY: PANACEA FOR DRIVING YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN NIGERIA’S DEVELOPMENT

PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 2018

AUTHORS: Chris N. Nkoro, Department of Languages, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba & Chika Ogonwa, Department of Languages, Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashiukwu

Abstract
The Nigerian youth has always been, by default, at the centre of discussions towards national
development. This centrality has, however, not translated to a better deal for the teeming number
of youths that roam the streets due to inadequate provision and or protection. This paper has
engaged in determining reasons for a great number of unemployed and unemployable youth. This
research employed the social responsibility theory to analyze the situation on hand and observes
that most problems of the youth hinge on lack of functional literacy. Social responsibility is an
ethical framework that suggests that an entity theory in individual is accountable for fulfilling their
civil duty, the action of an individual must benefit society and the environment. This paper
suggests that educational policies should be geared towards making education more practical, by
equipping educational institutions, and de-emphasizing paper certification. This branding will
bring about the change and orientation which Nigeria requires if the youth must be productive and
contribute to the nation‟s growth.

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