Thursday, August 31, 2006

[MLE] New UNESCO publication: "Using ICT to Develop Literacy"

Dear Interest group,
The below will be of particular interest to the techno-folks among us.

Karsten van Riezen
Education Consultant, SIL Int.
SIL, South Asia Group.

From: []
Sent: 29 August 2006 16:43
Subject: New UNESCO publication: "Using ICT to Develop Literacy"

A concise overview on the issue of literacy and on how ICT can be used to improve literacy education provides a new UNESCO publication entitled "Using ICT to Develop Literacy".
The publication, produced by UNESCO's office in Bangkok with the support of Japanese Funds-in-Trust, discusses five areas in which ICT can be utilized in literacy education (enhancing learning; raising access to literacy education; training of teachers; localizing content; and creating a literacy-conducive environment) and provides examples of projects in which ICT has been utilized effectively to improve literacy education. The booklet concludes with recommendations for policy makers regarding the use of ICT in literacy campaigns.

The publication covers the following issues:
  • How You Can Use This Booklet?
  • What is Literacy?
  • Why Literacy Matters?
  • Literacy Facts and Figures
  • The United Nations Literacy Decade
  • ICT as a Tool for Achieving Literacy for All
  • What role can ICT Play in Promoting Literacy?
  • Case Studies: Common Issues and Lessons Learned
  • A Memorandum for Policy Makers
Dave Pearson Permanent Representative to UNESCO SIL International Tel:        +44 1604 583693 Mob:        +44 7985 256581 Web: E-mail:

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