Measuring learning outcomes of adult literacy programmes: Taking stock of lessons learned and preparing field research

From left to right: Arne Carlsen (UIL Director), Mahamadou Saibou (Chief of staff, Ministry of National Education, Niger), and Salifou Barmou (Representative of CONFEMEN)–© UIL

The 5th International Workshop of Action research measuring learning outcomes of adult literacy programmes (RAMAA) was held from 22 to 25 April 2013 in Niamey (Niger). Entitled “Capitalisation of experiences and preparation of the main field research”, it aimed (1) to take stock of the lessons learned so far in the five countries participating in the project (Burkina Faso, Mali, Morocco, Niger and Senegal), (2) to revise the measurement tools developed by Burkina Faso, Morocco and Senegal as well as (3) to propose adjustments to the work done up to know and also (4) discuss the next steps.

The workshop brought together 32 participants, including high-level experts from universities and partners such as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) – which has been supporting RAMAA since 2011 –, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Conference of education ministers of countries using French as a common language (CONFEMEN), the Working Group on Non-Formal education (WGNFE) of the Association for Development in Africa (ADEA), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Education in Africa (BREDA), RAMAA country coordinators and members of national teams.

UIL’s Director, Mr Arne Carlsen, took the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Education, Literacy and Promotion of National Languages of Niger, Ms Ali Mariama Elhadj Ibrahim, and the UNICEF head of education section in Niger, Mr Mamadou Lamine Sow. These side meetings led to promising agreements.

In July 2013, a pool of experts and UNESCO specialists will meet to validate the action plan 2013, which will focus on technical and scientific support of the countries participating in the RAMAA project.

Link: General information about RAMAA: http://uil.unesco.org/home/programme-areas/literacy-and-basic-skills/ramaa-measuring-learning-outcomes/