Intergenerational learning plays a fundamental role in fostering literacy, lifelong learning and sustainable development. In recognition of this, in 2016 the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) initiated a family learning project in order to collect and disseminate relevant best practices and support Member States in the implementation of country-specific family literacy programmes. As part of these efforts, a national workshop on family learning will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 18 to 20 October 2017.
Co-organized by the Ministry of Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the UNESCO Field Office in Addis Ababa and UIL, the workshop –the first of its kind – will introduce local stakeholders to the intergenerational approach towards literacy in order to better prepare them for designing and implementing family literacy and learning programmes in their communities. In particular, the event will draw on UIL’s recent publication, Learning Together Across Generations: Guidelines for Family Literacy and Learning Programmes.
Approximately 40 representatives from various educational sub-sectors at both federal and regional levels in Ethiopia will attend the workshop. In addition, delegates from international development organizations such as UN Women, UNICEF, Save the Children and DVV International (the German Adult Education Association) will attend in order to cultivate existing and create new partnerships.
UIL’s family literacy and learning project has received generous financial support from Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. Following the workshop, UIL will continue to provide technical assistance to Member States, and sub-Saharan African countries in particular, in piloting family literacy and learning programmes catered for local needs. Meanwhile, the Guidelines will be further improved and enriched with materials and experiences from piloting countries. For more information on the project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.