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Adult literacy


This book is intended to help staff in government or non-government organisations (NGOs) who are charged with developing adult literacy initiatives. There are many things to think about. Programme managers must: identify needs and appropriate ways to offer learning activities in communities; plan for the recruitment and training of adult literacy teachers; develop curriculum [...]

[This contribution] provides some general personal reflections on the challenges facing adult literacy programmes by someone who has worked for more than 30 years in the field and now lives and works in Mozambique. Her observations on such issues as the gender question, literacy and poverty, and the various agendas behind literacy programmes make interesting reading, and her [...]

The International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) was a large-scale co-operative effort by governments, national statistical agencies, research institutions and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The IALS data illustrate how literacy skills are distributed, internationally and nationally, what determines the attainment of higher levels of literacy, [...]

Conducted between 2003 and 2008, the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills (ALL) Survey was an international comparative study designed to provide participating countries, including the United States, with information about the skills of their adult populations.  ALL measured the literacy and numeracy skills of a nationally representative sample of 16- to 65-year olds in [...]

This paper provides a conceptual framework for the identification of indicators of information literacy (IL) and proposes a pathway for cost effective and timely development. The paper includes a definition of IL; a model that links information literacy with other adult competencies including Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills; and a description of IL [...]


In today's societies literacy is regarded as the prerequisite for participating in the professional and private spheres of everyday life. It is regarded as a human right, a tool for personal empowerment and a tool to influence the behaviour of individuals, families and communities. Despite the international consensus that literacy skills determine opportunities and provide [...]


Last Update: 10.01.2018  -

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