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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...

Author/Editor:
Anna Robinson-Pant
Year of publication:
2014

Available from UIL's Library in English, French, Spanish.

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has published a research study titled “Literacy and Women’s Empowerment: Stories Of Success And Inspiration” in contribution to the International Literacy Day on 8 September 2013.

The study describes promising approaches to developing literacy and learning for women, who are the majority of the world’s non-literate adults. Key success factors are identified to outline concrete recommendations on how to achieve literacy and empowerment of women...

Author/Editor:
Janine Eldred
Year of publication:
2013

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The global mid-term evaluation report on UNESCO’s Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE, 2006-2015), produced by UIL on the basis of national and regional mid-term evaluation processes and reports, is now available online. It seeks to contribute to the effective implementation of the initiative through to 2015.

The report shows mixed results with regard to progress in literacy. The majority of the 35 LIFE countries recorded an increase in adult literacy rates – by on average 3.1 percentage points compared to the global average of 1.9 percentage points over the...

Author/Editor:
Ulrike Hanemann
Year of publication:
2012

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UIL and ADEA present the results of a comprehensive stocktaking research project that assesses the experiences of mother tongue and bilingual formal and non-formal education in 25 sub-Saharan African countries as well as the creation of multilingual literate environments.

The authors of the study highlight that improvements in educational quality and learning outcomes derive from strong multilingual language models and socio-culturally relevant curricula which use African languages as media of instruction for at least six years. Further, they make the case that locally-based...

Author/Editor:
Adama Ouane; Christine Glanz (eds.)
Year of publication:
2011

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Since literacy is a fundamental right for all, how can one explain that 62 per cent of women in Africa are denied the right to literacy? How can current trends be changed to prevent nearly 800 million adults, among whom a high proportion of women are still illiterate in 2015?

While there is a willingness on the part of stakeholders to meet international commitments on gender equality and the empowerment of women, efforts remain insufficient in light of the scale of the challenge.UIL is addressing this issue through capacity building for literacy and gender research. It has adopted...

Author/Editor:
Carolyn Medel-Añonuevo; Madina Bolly
Year of publication:
2011

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In a 1953 landmark publication, UNESCO underscored the importance of educating children in their mother-tongue (UNESCO, 1953). Yet, more than 50 years since the first UNESCO statement, and despite a plethora of books, articles, numerous conventions, declarations and recommendations addressing this issue, including a range of conclusive experiments of using local languages in education and polity, most African countries continue to use the former colonial language as the primary language of instruction and governance. This advocacy brief seeks to show the pivotal role of languages in...

Author/Editor:
Adama Ouane; Christine Glanz
Year of publication:
2010

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The Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE 2006-2015) is one of UNESCO’s three flagship initiatives dedicated to tackling illiteracy, advancing the EFA agenda and achieving the goals of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD – 2003-2012). The LIFE initiative targets 35 countries that are home to 85 % of the world’s population deprived of literacy competencies. It is built on genuine commitment and provides a new vision and course of action. Now that the initiative has been in place for three years, a major review has been published to take stock, assess its achievements, identify...

Author/Editor:
Ulrike Hanemann
Year of publication:
2009

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This publication provides an analysis of and recommendations on literacy learning for indigenous youth and adults in multicultural and multilingual contexts. The publication is based on seven studies on the topic carried out in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru in 2007-2008 to mark the UN’s International Year of Languages (2008). The studies focused on analysing programmes that recognised the crucial role that indigenous languages play in people’s acquisition of the written code and consequently combined bilingual/multilingual learning...

Author/Editor:
Luis Enrique López; Ulrike Hanemann
Year of publication:
2009

Available from UIL's Library in Spanish.

This is the report of the second Regional Meeting of the six Arab LIFE countries (Egypt, Iraq, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan and Yemen) which took place in December 2007 in Marakkech, Morocco. It was jointly organised by the UNESCO Cluster Office in Rabat, UIL, and the UNESCO Regional Bureau in Beirut. The national focal points for LIFE together with the LIFE focal points of the UNESCO offices met to review progress, and to exchange and learn from prior experiences. They also examined the LIFE implementation strategy and discussed innovative approaches to literacy and NFE that can enrich...

Author/Editor:
Ulrike Hanemann
Year of publication:
2008

Available from UIL's Library in English.

The African Regional Conference in Support of Global Literacy was held from 10 to 12 September 2007 in Bamako, Mali. It was a high-level advocacy initiative designed to promote literacy at the national, regional and international levels, contribute towards achieving one of the major Education for All goals, and secure the foundation for lifelong learning. It is one of a series of six Regional Conferences worldwide, organized by UNESCO within the framework of Education for All (EFA), the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) and UNESCO‘s Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE). The...

Author/Editor:
Christine Glanz
Year of publication:
2008

Available from UIL's Library in English, French.