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To raise awareness of policy makers on key issues on lifelong learning, adult education and literacy, UIL has started developing a series of policy briefs. The theme of the Policy Brief No.1 is Quality Matters: Improving the Status of Literacy Teaching Personnel , and is based on the discussions of experts and practitioners from more than ten countries during the “International Workshop on Strategies for the Improvement of the Status of Literacy Teaching...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2013

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Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE, 2006–2015) was conceptualised as a key operational mechanism for achieving the goals of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD, 2003–2012) and as a framework for action to accelerate efforts in countries where a lack of literacy and numeracy skills poses a critical challenge to achieving EFA, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, 2000–2015) and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005–2014).

LIFE targets the 36 countries with literacy rates below 50 per cent and/or a population of more than 10...

Author/Editor:
Ulrike Hanemann
Year of publication:
2012

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Mauritania’s “National Programme for Development of the Education Sector” (PNDSE 2011-2020) gives particular attention to basic education. This addresses Mauritania’s challenges, with among the lowest rates in primary school enrolment and adult literacy in the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as significant gender disparities in education, to the disadvantage of girls’ access. Evidence shows that illiteracy and low educational achievement are being passed from one generation to the next. Existing evidence from around the world seems to indicate...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2011

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LIFE is a new collaborative framework, aimed at coordinating policies, action, resources and ideas and speeding up the acquisition of literacy and basic education in all the countries most in need. It is both a strategy and an operating mechanism for the attainment of the objectives of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD), Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the successful achievement of national education plans. Within this context, all countries meeting LIFE criteria (adult literacy rate less than 50% and/or over 10 million people without basic...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2008

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Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE)

The Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) was conceived as a ten-year (2006-2015) strategic framework through which national governments, NGOs, civil society, the private sector, UN agencies, and bilateral and multilateral agencies collectively advanced literacy efforts in thirty-five countries where illiteracy posed a critical challenge. As a key operational mechanism for the implementation of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD, 2003-2012), which was led and coordinated by UNESCO, LIFE aimed to support countries in achieving a fifty...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2008

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This study of the financing for promoting literacy in Senegal aims to provide a summary of the available reports on this question in order to:

-Compare the costs of different programmes implemented in Senegal.

-Make recommendations for the calculation of the cost of a national programme, providing quality whilst remaining within the country’s capacities.

-Draw conclusions for planning the LIFE initiative and developing a regional strategy for the UNLD.

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Author/Editor:
Diagne; Amadou Wade
Year of publication:
2007

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This study has been prepared for the African Inter-Ministerial Conference on Literacy, which is due to be held in September 2007. The main purpose of the paper is to analyse the costs of a range of successful literacy programmes, run by government ministries and international and national non-governmental organisations. The intention is to add to the limited amount of data on costs currently available, and provide broad recommendations regarding their calculation, to inform the planning for LIFE and the regional strategy for the UNLD.

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Author/Editor:
Carr-Hill; Roy; Roberts; Fiona
Year of publication:
2007

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The Education for All Global Assessment Report pointed out that only 5% of primary school students in Africa have attained the minimal level of competency which should be acquired by the end of primary school. Based on this, the need for creating and sustaining alternative education systems and approaches is painfully evident. However, funding for alternative forms of education is dismally low. In most countries, government funding for “out-of-school” education programs is usually less than 1% of their education budget. This is the niche for non-formal education and literacy...

Author/Editor:
Fagerberg-Diallo; Sonja
Year of publication:
2007

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The aim of this report commissioned by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is to test and apply our approach and the normative model in Brazil, Burkina Faso and Uganda. The three countries are multilingual in various degrees, and differ in terms of educational development, literate environment and socio-economic development.

Download: The Costs and the funding of non formal literacy programmes in Brazil, Burkina Faso and Uganda (PDF 568 kb)

Author/Editor:
Ravens; Jan van; Aggio; Carlos
Year of publication:
2007

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This document is an attempt to open a dialogue among educators working in the area of complex emergencies. It recognizes that most of the newly tested educational interventions lack a long-term perspective. Education, whether for peace and reconciliation or in the reconstruction of human resources, is hardly addressed at present. The case studies described here provide a vivid account of an approach using kits. Clearly, different contexts and levels of emergency warrant different kinds of response. Thus, there is the need for further research from field experiences, especially at the...

Author/Editor:
Aguilar; Pilar; Retamal; Gonzalo
Year of publication:
1998

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