Cross-regional Workshop on Capacity-building for LIFE in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Arab States.
Education and learning in multilingual contexts was one of the major issues discussed in the Regional Conferences in Global Support of Literacy (2007 – 2008), the Regional Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) meetings (2007 – 2008), and the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) process (2008 – 2009). The outcome documents of these conferences reflect the fact that mother-tongue-based, multilingual programmes are increasingly being accepted as a necessary element for (i) quality education, (ii) the development of literate environments, and (iii) social development that strengthens the potential of all citizens in a democratic society. Participants in these events called for research
evidence and increased capacities in order to improve policies and practices. In Africa, the African Union – now in its Second Decade of Education (2006 – 2015) – is working to increase the synergies between education, culture and the use of African languages in education.
Capacity building, the exchange of experiences and innovations are central elements of UNESCO’s Literacy Initiative for Empowerment Vision and Strategy Paper. Within the LIFE framework, capacity building and research are being promoted by UNESCO as a means to enhance existing policies and programmes, and to promote the scaling-up of good practices and cost-effective ways of working.
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning together with its partners is organizing a Crossregional Workshop on Capacity-building for LIFE in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States. The UNESCO Office in Addis Ababa will host the workshop from 29 September to 2 October 2009 which is organised in partnership with UNESCO BREDA, the UNESCO Office in Bangkok and ISESCO. The main focus of this technical seminar is on Adult (15+) Literacy in Multilingual Contexts.
The meeting will be attended by: (i) curriculum specialists, specialists for literate
environments, and trainers of trainers; (ii) experienced researchers who have published and worked extensively on bi-/multilingual approaches; and (iii) the national LIFE focal points from countries with effective practices of bi-/multilingual adult literacy and the development of multilingual environments.
The participants will discuss successful strategies for adult (15+) literacy learning in multilingual contexts. They will draw on examples of good practice to derive principles and criteria for improving the quality of provision. Furthermore, they will develop an actionresearch framework so that the identified success factors can be implemented and monitored. The LIFE focal points together with UNESCO will discuss a follow-up strategy at the regional and cross-regional level.