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Call for expressions of interest for research institutes or research units - International Mapping of Youth and Adult Literacy Initiatives

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The Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning is looking for research institutes or research units to undertake an International Mapping of Youth and Adult Literacy Initiatives. Deadline: 31 October 2018

The Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning is looking for research institutes or research units to undertake an International Mapping of Youth and Adult Literacy Initiatives.

Sustainable Development Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Target 4.6 – youth and adult literacy – calls attention to the vast work still to be accomplished at the global level to reach the 750 million adults – two-thirds of whom are women – who still lack basic reading and writing skills. Data from the UNESCO Institute of Statics show that, in 2016, the global adult literacy rate was 86 per cent, while the youth literacy rate was at 91 per cent, with the latter reflecting increased access to schooling among younger generations. At a global level, literacy skills improved at a faster pace among young women compared to their male counterpart.[1] However, according to the International Labour Organization, an estimated 22 per cent of young people are neither in employment nor in education or training, the so-called NEET, with most of them being female.[2]

In this context, the UNESCO Director-General launched the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL) on 8 September 2016 during the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day celebrations in Paris. GAL’s mission is to foster and coordinate multi-stakeholder partnerships and concerted innovative action towards the achievement of literacy in the context of SDG 4, in particular Target 4.6.

GAL recognizes that multi-stakeholder collaboration in the field of youth and adult literacy can be improved and maximised when decisions and actions are informed by knowing who is doing what, when, how and with what kind of impact. Mapping out literacy/ numeracy initiatives has the purpose of making these more transparent and accessible to stakeholders, reducing separate, fragmented, duplicative funding and action while identifying complementarity of action (and resources) at country or sector level.

Objective

GAL will undertake a mapping activity of literacy initiatives in 29 GAL countries to improve current knowledge on recent policy, planning and programme trends pertaining to the way these countries are addressing literacy challenges.

The mapping will focus on youth and adult literacy public policies, plans and programmes in the following GAL countries.[3]

 

GAL Countries

Adult literacy rate below 50%

Afghanistan

Benin

Burkina Faso

Comoros

Côte d’Ivoire

Central African  Rep

Chad

Ethiopia

Gambia

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Haiti

Iraq

Liberia

Mali

Mauritania

Niger

Senegal

Sierra Leone

South Sudan

E-9 countries[1] 

Africa

Arab States

Asia and the Pacific

Latin America and the Caribbean

Nigeria

Egypt

 

Bangladesh

China

India

Indonesia

Pakistan

Brazil

Mexico

 



[1] E-9 countries that have 67% of the world’s illiterate adults. Available at: http://uis.unesco.org/en/news/e-9-forum-meeting [Accessed 16 October 2018].

Terms of reference

The selected research unit or institution will:

  • Prepare an analytical framework to collect and cross-analyse information on youth and adult literacy (1) public policies, (2) national plans and (3) programmes across the above GAL countries. These public policies, plans and programmes should cover a post-2015 onwards timeframe.
  • Based on the above framework, design and administer two online survey questionnaires (to be administered in English, French, Spanish and Arabic). Governmental and non-governmental institutions in the above noted GAL countries will be invited to respond to the survey (with the support of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning [UIL] and the selected institution).
  • Collect, organize and cross-analyse the collected data with trends identified based on the proposed analytical framework.
  • Prepare a report with findings derived from the cross-analysis of collected data; the document should also identify main challenges, best practices (and thus propose quality and relevance indicators for youth and adult literacy initiatives), and recommendations. The target beneficiaries of this report will be governmental, non-governmental and international organizations working in the field of non-formal education with emphasis on youth and adult literacy.

Time frame: Up to 42 working days distributed throughout five consecutive months.

Desirable profile

We are looking for a research unit or institution with extensive international expertise in the analysis of public policy and planning in the field of education, with emphasis on adult learning and education and, in particular, in relation to youth and adult literacy.  

The collaboration with UIL would imply consultation on the various phases and deliverables to be produced, as well as in facilitating the response from governmental institutions and non-governmental institutions to the online survey.

How to apply

If you are interested in collaborating with UIL in this GAL initiative, please express your interest by providing the following elements in a maximum three-page proposal:

  • A brief expression of why your institution is interested in undertaking this activity. Please detail prior similar experience and include, as an annex, a list of relevant publications (URLs appreciated).
  • A brief outline of the elements you consider should be included in the analysis of youth and adult literacy public policies, plans and programmes.
  • CVs of the research team members that would be involved in the activity, indicating their language capacity in English, French, Spanish and Arabic (annexed).
  • A financial proposal reflecting up to 42 working days (annexed)

Should you decide to apply, we would be grateful if your institution kindly provides its expression of interest to .

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2018.


[1] UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). 2017. Literacy rates continue to rise from one generation to the next. Fact Sheet No. 45, September 2017. Montreal, UIS.

[2] International Labour Organization (ILO). 2017. Global employment trends for youth 2017: Paths to a better working future. Geneva, ILO.

[3]Twenty countries with adult literacy rates lower than 50% (UNESCO eAtlas of Literacy, with latest available data for 2016). “The adult illiterate population includes persons aged 15 years and over who cannot both read and write with understanding a short simple statement on their everyday life” (ibid). E-9 countries have 67% of the world’s illiterate adults.

[4] E-9 countries that have 67% of the world’s illiterate adults. Available at: http://uis.unesco.org/en/news/e-9-forum-meeting [Accessed 16 October 2018].

 

The Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning is looking for research institutes or research units to undertake an International Mapping of Youth and Adult Literacy Initiatives. Deadline: 31 October 2018

  • Language of event: English

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