The large number of young people and adults with insufficient literacy and numeracy skills across the world is a major obstacle to the attainment of sustainable development, peace and social cohesion. This is particularly the case in sub-Saharan Africa, where numbers are estimated to be among the highest in the world. The lack of reliable data is one of the key weaknesses of public policy on the monitoring and evaluation of education in the region. It is against this background that the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) established an action research project to measure the learning outcomes of participants in literacy programmes, known as RAMAA. The project is now in its second phase of implementation in 12 African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Morocco, Niger, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Chad, and Togo.
To support the further development of the programme, UIL, in partnership with the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’Education et la Formation (Francophone Institute for Education and Training), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the UNESCO regional office in Dakar, will host a workshop on the evaluation of competency frameworks from 2 to 4 May 2018. The workshop will build on previous technical workshops in Abidjan in October 2016, Ouagadougou in March 2017 and in Cotonou in November 2017. These led to the production and validation of a harmonized competency framework for RAMAA countries.
The new workshop will draw on the harmonized competency framework, as well as international and national literacy surveys in considering evaluation of competency frameworks. The provision of RAMAA’s evaluation framework is a critical step in moving to the construction of tools that will be administered later to the representative sample of recipients selected for the RAMAA II project countries.
Particularly, discussions will:
- Review the harmonized RAMAA II competency framework from a national perspective;
- Analyse the assessment framework;
- Consider the validation of the RAMAA II assessment framework;
- Discuss recommendations for effective ways to sustain and enhance next steps for the development of the measurement tools.
The event will bring together stakeholders actively involved in the research project and will be attended by two national RAMAA team members from each of the 12 participating countries.
External partners will include: the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the CONFEMEN Programme for the Analysis of Education Systems, the RAMAA II consultancy, the Association for the Development of Education in Africa, the International Organisation of La Francophonie and the TOP EDUQ programme. They will be joined by representatives from UNESCO offices in Abidjan, Abuja, Bamako, Cotonou, Dakar, Chad and Yaoundé.