Literacy programmes in UIL’s LitBase win 2012 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes


21 September 2012

UNESCO is committed to supporting effective literacy policies and programmes. To that effect, the Organisation honours excellence and innovation in the field of literacy throughout the world. Every year, on the occasion of International Literacy Day (8 September), UNESCO awards the International Literacy Prizes (King Sejong Prize and Confucius Prize) to institutions, organisations and individuals whose efforts contribute to the promotion of dynamic literate societies.

Three of the programmes receiving a UNESCO Confucius Literacy Prize or an Honourable Mention in 2012 are covered in the «Effective Literacy Practices Database» (LitBase   http://www.unesco.org/uil/litbase/), which is run by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). The successful programmes contained in LitBase are:

1) The «Non-formal and Continuing Education Programme» of the Bhutanese Department of Adult and Higher Education” – winner of the UNESCO Confucius Literacy Prize.

2) The Interactive  system «Transformemos Educando» run by the Foundation Transformemos in Colombia – winner of the UNESCO Confucius Literacy Prize.

3) The literacy and post-literacy programme «Means of Empowerment and Socio-economic  Integration of Women in Morocco»  – Honourable Mention of the Confucius Literacy Prize.

The Indonesian programme «Improving  Quality of   Literacy  Education  Through  Entrepreneurship  Literacy,  Reading  Culture and  Tutor  Training» of that country’s  Directorate of Community Education Development further won the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize.  A second UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize was awarded to the «National Adult Literacy Programme»  in Rwanda and the «Functional  Literacy  Programme for  Women and  Girls  Through  Women’s  Groups and  Lifelong  Education»  in Niger was honourably mentioned. UIL expects soon to share these three programmes through LitBase as well.

To read more about the 2012 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes and the award ceremony on 6th September, see here: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/education-building-blocks/literacy/literacy-prizes/