Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE, 2006–2015) was conceptualised as a key operational mechanism for achieving the goals of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD, 2003–2012) and as a framework for action to accelerate efforts in countries where a lack of literacy and numeracy skills poses a critical challenge to achieving EFA, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, 2000–2015) and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005–2014).
LIFE targets the 36 countries with literacy rates below 50 per cent and/or a population of more than 10 million young people and adults reported to be illiterate. It is designed as a ten-year framework for national governments, NGOs, civil society, the private sector, UN agencies, and bi/multilateral development partners to collectively revitalise, enhance and advance national literacy efforts.
- Author/Editor: Ulrike Hanemann
Global LIFE Mid-term Evaluation Report 2006-2011: Looking Forward with LIFE - Summary
- UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning - 2012
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