The books in this series are written primarily for two types of clientele: those engaged in educational planning and administration, in developing as well as developed countries; and those, such as senior government officials and policy-makers, seeking a more general understanding of educational planning and how it relates to national development. They are intended to be of use either for private study or in formal training programmes.
Literacy for All: Making a Difference
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 analyzes 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.