Literacy and lifelong learning for women’s empowerment

30 June 2016

A webinar on ‘Empowering Girls and Women through Literacy and Secondary Education’. took place on 29 June 2016. It was organized by Alumniportal Deutschland, a portal connecting over 133,000 people around the world who studied in Germany or in German institutions abroad. In the webinar, Programme Specialist from the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Ms Rika Yorozu discussed the persisting gender gap in adult literacy and school drop-out rates, and argued that improving women’s education and training could contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing from UIL’s Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase) as well as other UIL publications, Ms Yorozu also shared good practices in adult literacy programmes for women’s empowerment. Other speakers in the webinar included an expert from Code to Inspire, an NGO that teaches coding skills and other life skills to young women in Afghanistan. The webinar’s video and presentation are available online at Alumniportal Deutschland.