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This publication contains the results of the conference South-South Policy Dialogue on Quality Education for Adults and Young People that took place in Mexico City in 2005.

Articles were written by participants who presented their national programmes from the governmental perspective, which were reflected in the literacy policies, but there were also important contributions on basic education and competence recognition.

Download: Literacy, Knowledge and Development (PDF 4,21 MB)

Author/Editor:
Madhu Singh; Luz María; Castro Mussot
Year of publication:
2007

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

Addressing the needs of 774 million illiterate women and men globally is indeed an enormous challenge. It requires coordinated initiatives on all fronts: enabling policy-making that considers literacy central to education and development; increasing allocations to one of the most marginalised and underfunded education sub-sectors; developing a relevant curriculum, an appropriate methodology and suitable materials; seeking ways in which literacy may be integrated into development concerns such as livelihood, employment, health promotion and citizenship; recognising and valuing the...

Author/Editor:
Carolyn Medel-Añonuevo
Year of publication:
2007

Available from UIL's Library in English, French.

This publication examines the relationship between multilingualism and knowledge societies. It outlines the realities of knowledge societies while presenting linguistic challenges that arise when implementing them. It also discusses the interplay between linguistic choices and development.

Download: Du multilinguisme à la société du savoir: quelles stratégies? (From Multilingualism to Knowledge Societies: What Strategies Work Best?) (PDF 2.2 MB)

Author/Editor:
Hazoumê; Marc-Laurent
Year of publication:
2005

Available from UIL's Library in French.

This publication results from a two-year international urban literacies project that investigated that many uses of literacy in urban environments of developing countries. Case studies from various countries are used to explore how litracy is sought and made use of by people in their lives and in their livelihoods.

Download: Urban Literacy: Communication, Identity and Learning in Development Contexts (PDF 16 MB)

Author/Editor:
Rogers; Alan
Year of publication:
2005

Available from UIL's Library in English, English.

This is a story about Mixquic, a small township situated on the southeastern edge of Mexico City, but it is also an account of a group of women who live there. These women rarely go very far from their homes, and when they do, it is to travel to neighboring pueblos, to visit a government office, or to purchase goods for their household. Downtown Mexico city is about three hours away by public transportation and a trip there takes almost all day.

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Author/Editor:
Kalman; Judith
Year of publication:
2005

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

The world continues to be marked by great scientific discoveries and technological strides that are fundamentally changing the physical, social, economic, political and even culture milieu of human beings. Unfortunately, however, certain important segments of the world population are neither able to participate in these transformations nor to appropriate them truly as their own. Such population groups appear disconnected from all of these developments. Africa- for it is Africa that interests us here- remains a continent that needs to engage in a veritable inner struggle for its own...

Author/Editor:
Hazoumê; Marc-Laurent
Year of publication:
2004

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

Demonstrating the normality of multilingualism and questioning those teaching systems grounded in monolingualism are the objectives of this study. The data comes from 30 African, Asian and Latin American countries. The study underlines the advantages of multilingual learning: preservation of identity, cultural richness and plurality.

Download: Towards a Multilingual Culture of Education (PDF 18,4 MB)

Author/Editor:
Ouane; Adama
Year of publication:
2003

Available from UIL's Library in English.

In many developing countries, literacy has been seen as the key to 'women's development' resulting in a proliferation of women's literacy programmes run by both Governments and Non-Governmental Organisations. Nepal is one such example of a country where literacy programmes have been used extensively as an entry point for involving women in development activities. My own experience of working in this field in Nepal has made me question what impact these literacy programmes have on women's lives: in particular, I have wondered whether there is a strong link between...

Author/Editor:
Robinson-Pant; Anna
Year of publication:
2001

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

Alphabétisation durable, défi au non-développement: le cas de l’Afrique subsaharienne (Sustainable Literacy in the Face of Non-Development: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa)

In 1990, the international community gathered in Jomtien and committed to banishing illiteracy from the landscape as the 21st century approached. On the one hand, its demise would result from the introduction of universal primary education; on the other, its residual scope would be reduced as literacy measures were introduced across the board.

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Author/Editor:
Verhaagen; Alain
Year of publication:
1999

Available from UIL's Library in French.

Although UNESCO has, since its foundation in 1945, been denouncing illiteracy worldwide, and although its efforts were already preceded by the Revolution of October 1917 that initiated the battle to curb it with the organization of a huge literacy campaign in its wake, such campaigns were, for many years, considered to be an end in themselves, integral to the right to education for all human beings, whose founding principle was more formally enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sacrificing considerable resources on the altar of humanity’s cultural emancipation...

Author/Editor:
Verhaagen; Alain
Year of publication:
1999

Available from UIL's Library in French, French.