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UIL launches four new publications for International Literacy Day

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Publications catalogue
8 September 2014

To coincide with International Literacy Day, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has launched the following new publications:

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning

A compilation with 26 literacy and numeracy programmes using radio, TV, mobile phones, tablets and computers, entitled Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning. The selected literacy programmes featured in this publication present valuable experiences from all world regions. More examples of innovative literacy programmes can be found on UNESCO’s Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase). The publication will soon be made available in French.

The publication will be launched in Dhaka on 8 September 2014 at the International Conference on Girls’ and Women’s Literacy Education: Foundations for Sustainable Development organised by the Government of Bangladesh and UNESCO. The UNESCO Literacy Prizes will also be presented at this conference.

Download: Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning (PDF, 4 MB)

Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development and Women’s Empowerment

A study entitled Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development and Women’s Empowerment explores how and why literacy programmes can contribute to sustainable development and processes of women’s empowerment. The paper argues that only by looking in depth at literacy learning and development practices can we begin to address the challenge of narrowing the gender gap in literacy attainment. The paper reviews a range of adult literacy programmes and distills principles of good practice in order to arrive at recommendations for future action. It makes a case for the importance of literacy to sustainable development and the empowerment of women.

Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development and Women’s Empowerment (PDF, 4 MB)

Youth Driving Community Education: Testimonies of Empowerment from Asia and the Pacific

Together with the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), UIL has published a collection of testimonies from young people participating in community education and development programmes either as learners and facilitators entitled Youth Driving Community Education: Testimonies of Empowerment from Asia and the Pacific. The testimonies provide excellent illustration of how youth-focused education and development programmes in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have contributed to literacy and youth empowerment.

This publication will be launched at a workshop on Youth and Inclusive Citizenship: Approaches to Realise Demographic Dividends in Asia-Pacific co-organised by ASPBAE, DVV International and Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in New Delhi from 8 to 10 September 2014.

Download: Youth Driving Community Education – Testimonies of empowerment from Asia and the Pacific (PDF, 2.9 MB)

Learning to Fly: Family-oriented Literacy Education in Schools

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Hamburg’s award-winning Family Literacy project (FLY) (2010 winner of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize and 2011 winner of the Hamburg Education Prize), UIL and the Hamburg State Institute for Teacher Training and School Development (LI) are launching the publication Learning to Fly: Family-oriented Literacy Education in Schools (in English and German). This co-publication includes contributions from key stakeholders – academics, teachers, parents and children – participating in the conceptualization and implementation of FLY in the city of Hamburg. FLY mainly targets people from socially disadvantaged communities and applies an intergenerational approach to learning. 

The publication will be launched at an event on 10 September 2014 in Hamburg to celebrate International Literacy Day and the 10th Anniversary of FLY.

Download: Learning to Fly: Family-oriented Literacy Education in Schools (PDF, 3.1 MB)

UNESCO’s Effective Literacy Practices Database (LitBase) features in-depth case studies on the 2014 UNESCO Literacy Prize Winners

Please visit UNESCO’s LitBase (http://www.unesco.org/uil/litbase/) to learn more about the winners and nominees of the UNESCO Literacy Prizes.