IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS FOR THE POOR. The role of literacy. FOCUS ON THE LEARNER: Responding to 2 White Papers. Eliminating World Poverty: A challenge for the 21 st century (1997) Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor (2000). FOCUS ON THE LEARNER.
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IMPROVING LIVELIHOODS FOR THE POOR The role of literacy
FOCUS ON THE LEARNER:Responding to 2 White Papers • Eliminating World Poverty: A challenge for the 21st century (1997) • Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor (2000)
FOCUS ON THE LEARNER • Inspired by Asia Conference on Literacy for Livelihoods (Kathmandu Dec. 2000) • Putting literacy in context in ways that poor people perceive to be relevant • Adopting a multi-dimensional, cross-sectoral approach to literacy
FOCUS ON THE LEARNER Literacy & Globalisation Literacy or Literacies?
FOCUS ON THE LEARNER: Literacy or literacies? • Economic literacy • Health literacy • Political literacy • Media literacy • Legal literacy • Map reading • Computer literacy
FOCUS ON THE LEARNER:Key principles • Listening to the voices • Building on strengths • Shifting & dynamic lives & livelihoods • Improved targeting
FOCUS ON THE LEARNER • Responding to demand • Listening to what people say they want -> A more embedded, locally owned view of projects & programmes -> A flexible approach re purpose and content (NotOne-size-fits-All)
FOCUS ON THE LEARNER • Responding to demand -> One language? Dual language literacy? ->Different entry points, different ministries -> Significance of literacy in PRSPs
FOCUS ON THE LEARNER:Challenges for DFID • Making sure that existing programmes seek to enhance the communication strategies that can transform poor people’s lives (eg Capacity Enhancement for Lifelong Literacy (CELL) in Egypt ) • Avoiding blueprints or standardised approaches through programmes that are flexible & responsive (eg Support for GoI’s National Literacy Mission in 4 states, GoB’s Post Literacy & Continuing Education Project )
FOCUS ON THE LEARNER:The International challenge • Working with UNESCO & ASPBAE to ensure that a coordinated approach to the MDGs is achieved through the literacy component of the PRSP • Identifying cost-effective approaches • Promoting communication strategies that respond to diversity • Finding better ways of measuring progress