Literacy for All: Making a Difference

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Unesco, 2008 - Business & Economics - 147 pages
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Literacy is a human and democratic right and a basic learning need; it is critical in achieving the EFA and the Millennium Development Goals. The crucial question is how can we create literate societies in a world where, in some places, education is only accessible to the rich? This publication reviews the meanings of literacy and related concepts within the context of lifelong learning. It analyses policies and strategies required to improve national literacy rates and develop adult literacy programmes (including youths aged 15 and above).The author demonstrates that a combination of factors has contributed to slowing the progress in meeting national and international literacy commitments. Lessons learned over the past decades show that to achieve universal literacy, there is a need for further investment, greater political will, sustainable institutional approaches, and a more creative and holistic methodology.

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Agneta Lind has been involved in literacy, education and development for more than 30 years, and wrote her doctoral thesis on adult literacy campaigns in Mozambique. She was Head of the Education Division of Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) from 1998 to 2001. Currently on leave from Sida, she works part-time at the Department of Adult Education at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo and as a UNESCO consultant on literacy and adult basic education. She was the special adviser on literacy for the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2006: Literacy for Life.

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