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International Literacy Day 2014: Literacy and Sustainable Development

5 September 2014

On occasion of the International Literacy Day 2014, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is launching the following 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, titled “Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning”. All literacy programmes selected to be featured in this publication contain valuable experiences and lessons to share 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 also be available in French soon.

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

Download: Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning (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), a collection of testimonies from young people participating in community education and development programmes either as learners and facilitators is published titled “Youth Driving Community Education: Testimonies of Empowerment from Asia and the Pacific”. The testimonies provide excellent illustration of youth empowerment by youth focused education and development programmes in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines and Timor-Leste.

The publication is launched in the 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)


Literacy and Education for Sustainable Development and Women’s Empowerment

A study titled “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.

This publication will also be launched at the International Literacy Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 8 September 2014, and will be soon available online.


Learning to Fly: Family-oriented Literacy Education in Schools

On occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Hamburg’s award-winning Family Literacy project (FLY) (UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2010) 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 comprises a range of contributions from key stakeholders – including teachers, parents and children – participating in the conceptualization and implementation of FLY in the city of Hamburg, which targets mainly people from socially disadvantaged communities and uses an intergenerational approach to learning. 

The publication will be launched with 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 LitBase features two 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.