Successful capacity-building for Seychelles adult educators
The Seychelles Institute of Distance and Open Learning (SIDOL), with the support of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), conducted a capacity-building workshop for adult educators focused on the reshaping of their literacy programme. UIL team leader Ms Rakhat Zholdoshalieva facilitated the workshop, which was held from 19 to 23 August 2019 on the Seychelles.
The workshop strengthened the competences of literacy instructors, vocational training teachers, and programme coordinators. It engaged adult educators in reflective discussions about adult learning theories and principles, using selected examples of national and regional curriculum frameworks from around the world, as well as reading materials on evidence-based instruction for effective adult literacy, numeracy, and skills development. Participants identified authentic learning materials and different ways of using such materials for effective and relevant adult literacy instruction.
The workshop provided participants with the space to engage in group discussions, practise new skills, design their own materials, and reflect on their learning experiences. Adult educators noted that they became more aware of the key principles of adult education and ways to design and use relevant instructional and learning materials, including the use of authentic materials.
Seychelles has almost four decades of history in the context of literacy programmes for adults. SIDOL has been running the literacy programme since the 1980s. However, due to social and economic changes over the years, the materials being used by the facilitators were no longer satisfactorily adapted to the changing needs and demands of adult learners. In the past, programme participants mostly came from older generations, who lacked basic literacy and numeracy skills. Today, the trend has shifted to mostly young adults with basic literacy skills, who enrol in the programme to enhance their opportunities for better employment, and to increase their chances of gaining a post-secondary education.