As part of its efforts to assist countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is convening an international workshop to discuss ways of integrating the literacy work done by public and community library systems into national literacy plans. The workshop will also address the issue of how libraries can best measure their literacy efforts. Participants will come up with policy guidelines and draw up a draft policy brief, help guide countries on how to best use their library systems to improve literacy outcomes. This is a step in the right direction towards achieving SDG 4.6, which hinges on education and literacy within and beyond formal education systems.
The workshop will bring together about 25 participants from around the world and is organized in cooperation with IREX / Beyond Access, an initiative that supports communities to access information through libraries. UIL is also working in partnership with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) on various literacy projects.