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Literacy Exchange: World Resources on Literacy

Introduction
 

Aim of our project

 

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 literacy rates.

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.

 

Use of the resources

 

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 systems.

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 past.

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.

 

Scope and prospects of the Literacy Exchange resources

 

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.

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