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UIL launches a thematic publication on integrating literacy and skills development

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7 July 2021

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has launched a new publication, Integrated Approaches to Literacy and Skills Development: Examples of Best Practice in Adult Learning Programmes. This new compilation showcases 21 adult education programmes that demonstrate promising approaches to integrating literacy, life skills and vocational skills in various country contexts around the world.

Such integrated approaches have great potential to enhance the relevance and quality of adult education programmes and increase adult learners’ motivation in enrolling in such programmes. The programmes featured offer new pathways for adult learners to develop and practise new skills in context, improve job prospects, and contribute to a change in the trajectory of their professional and personal lives. The compilation also offers insights into how integrated learning programmes can be designed and implemented. Lessons drawn from these programmes can be adapted for different country contexts by adult educators and programme providers around the world, particularly now in the post-pandemic recovery and resilience-building phases.

More examples of innovative literacy and numeracy programmes and other thematic compilations, such as Learning Families, Narrowing the Gender Gap, Literacy in Multicultural and Multilingual Contexts and Literacy for Sustainable Development, among others, can also be found in the UNESCO Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase). The new publication will be available in French and Spanish in the near future.