We aim to develop a state-of-the-art, global-level web-based resource
forum for educational policymakers, planners and practitioners in nations with low
This site is then an integrated platform of information that has been used in different
literacy campaigns world-wide.
The UIE (Unesco's
Institute for Education) Library and Documentation Centre has built through time one
of the best collections of literacy materials, modules and publications, and has a
mainstream research capacity in the area of non-formal basic education. This catalogue
will be available online shortly. But much of the most relevant and outstanding material
will be accesible in this website.
Additional information on literacy can also be aobtained from another site: ALADIN (Adult Learning Documentation and
Information Network). This latter network is at the service of users' worldwide
providing tailored made advice at request.
Literacy exchange is aimed at UN staff, international and local
governmental and NGO practitioners with an interest in basic non-formal education. The
information resources presented here will assist policy-planners, educators and
international specialists to reduce costs and delays entailed in new literacy programs. By
presenting online historical cases of literacy campaigns with examples of their materials,
this site will greatly increase the ability of governments and other agencies to respond
effectively in the development of new projects of literacy and non-formal educational
At present, planners and practitioners in the field frequently have to recreate existing
program designs, materials and tools. Using this new Literacy Exchange platform, field
workers would be able to download documents, tools, databases and instructional materials
essential for developing educational and training activities. This will reduce costs in
terms of personnel, consultants, international travel and materials, while new programs
can benefit of the breatn and diversity of materials used in many literacy programs in the
Many of the materials to be presented here are scans of the original documents and are
presented in GIF image format. These materials were never compiled in electronic format.
The quality of the text is perhaps not optimal, but we believe they are readable to
accomplish their purpose of serving as guides and examples to future literacy campaigns.
Other will be presented in PDF format, or when possible, in HTML format so the size of the
document is reduced for easier online viewing and download.
These materials should also serve as a rich source of data for the analysis of the success
or failure of past literacy campaigns.
This site has two objectives: first, to present documents and materials
organized by countries, and second to create an online course that will use the wealth of
materials to improve practices in literacy programs.
In a first phase, Literacy Exchange and partners will be able to provide policy-planners,
educators and international specialists
with updated professional support networks to help them deal with methodologies,
instruments for policy-planning and program development, and
with field-tested tools, methodologies, and evaluation instruments to aid educational
policy dialogue, appraisal and program design activities
In a second phase, Literacy Exchange will provide to educators and specialists flexible,
low-cost and interactive training opportunities to assist developing and in-transition
nations to improve non-formal education systems and programs. See the descripition of the first course to be offered.