Adult Literacy: What policies and programmes really work? High-Level Research Seminar, UIL, 12-13 December 2011


In order to support the commitment from CONFINTEA VI and the Belém Framework for Action to redouble efforts in adult literacy, UIL is organising a High-Level Research Seminar in Hamburg from 12 to 13 December. Key objectives are to identify trends and critical issues in adult literacy and to map existing literacy research initiatives and global priorities. The seminar will also identify evidence for what works in literacy policies and programme implementation and provide policy advice for the future. At this occasion the preliminary findings of the mid-term evaluation of the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), which involves 35 countries, will be presented and discussed.

A group of high-level literacy researchers from different world regions will present their latest research findings. In light of the current developments in the Arab region, and with the generous support of the Federal German Government, UIL has invited government representatives and researchers from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

At the end of the seminar, UIL hopes to have discerned some key areas for future research in adult literacy and to have identified future partners for cooperative research projects. The presentations and discussion will also provide input for the second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) 2012 that will focus specifically on literacy to mark the end of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD). GRALE 2012 will contain a section that maps evidence of what works in literacy, and research-based policy advice to inspire and orient future literacy priorities.

Seminar input may be considered for publication in a future edition of UIL’s journal International Review of Education.