Thursday, February 02, 2006

Unesco's new literacy portal

Literacy today is a world preoccupation

Literacy empowers and nurtures inclusive societies and contributes to the fair implementation of human rights. In the case of mothers, literacy leads to an enhanced quality of life for their families and improved education outcomes for their children. Nevertheless literacy remains a low priority for national governments and the donor community. Worldwide, 771 million adults are illiterate and about 100 million children are out of school.

A large number of those who enrol drop out before attaining literacy skills and some of those who complete primary education remain illiterate.

Literacy is an indispensable means for effective social and economic participation, contributing to human development and poverty reduction.

The Literacy Portal aims to provide a platform for information-sharing on literacy projects and activities undertaken around the world and enhance UNESCO’s capacity in coordinating the United Nation Literacy Decade (UNLD) in building partnership at all level.

This portal will be developed progressively through the contribution of all literacy actors; including UNESCO Field Offices, UN Agencies, bilateral and multilateral Organizations, Member States, Institutions, Non-governmental Organizations and Literacy workers. It will be a working tool to provide them more visibility and networking possibilities.

News Inter-regional cooperation in promoting mother tongue literacy programmes December 6-10, 2005 - Officials from African and the Caribbean region participate in a workshop in Asia More

Round table of UNLD Resource Persons: Literacy Strategies and UNLD Action Plan for Africa November 18, 2005 - Participants discussed innovative approaches to expand literacy, adult education and NFE programmes in Africa within the UNLD framework. More

gmr.jpgLaunch of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2006: "Literacy for Life" October 26, 2005 - Literacy suffers severe neglect in national and international policy, keeping hundreds of millions of adults on the sidelines of society and limiting progress towards the six Education for All goals and overall poverty reduction, says the new edition of the EFA Global Monitoring Report, to be launched in London on November 9. More

Just Published: Study of Literacy and Secondary Education in Botswana

justpublished_botswana.jpg “Improving the Quality of Literacy Learning in the Content Areas: Situational Analysis of Secondary Level Education in Botswana” underscores the importance of continuous literacy development in order to maximize secondary school students’ learning opportunities.

The study sheds light on the critical issue of transitional challenges between primary and secondary levels of education. It argues that solid competencies in literacy are required for a truly participatory and student-centred approach to learning at the secondary level. * Improving the Quality of Literacy Learning in the Content Areas (in PDF)

* UNESCO’s Literacy Portal

* UNESCO has just launched a new Literacy Portal for sharing information on literacy projects and activities around the world. Literacy Initiative For Empowerment -- LIFE

* Find out more about UNESCO’s Literacy Initiative for Empowerment, a 10-year initiative that targets the 34 countries that are home to 85% of the world's illiterates. United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) (2003-2012)

* UNESCO is the lead agency in the United Nations Literacy Decade. 2006 Global Monitoring Report: Literacy for Life

Read the 2006 edition of the Global Monitoring Report dedicated to the topic of Literacy.

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