LIBRARIES AS INDISPENSABLE TOOLS IN ACHIEVING QUALITY AND EQUITABLE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
This paper looks at the role of libraries in achieving quality and equitable education in Nigeria. The definition of learning, quality and equitable education was considered and it also looks at how libraries contribute in the different learning process of the society. The literature review discovered that about 40% of the Nigerians are still illiterates and the majority of the population are women. That is to say that access to free information for all is still a mirage in Nigeria. Despite all these Nigeria must strive to meet up with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of free and compulsory education to all its citizens before 2030. The paper then looks at the different challenges confronting libraries in meeting its mandate of providing access to information to the different segments of the society through the provision of relevant information. Such challenges include: lack of funds, manpower to handle the different needs of the members of the society, the inadequate publishing of relevant information materials by our indigenous publishers and the almost absence of library services to the rural communities have been identified. Suggestions on how the above problems could be solved to meet the SDGs of free access to information to all citizens have been made.
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