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
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.
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
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
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
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
* 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.