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International Literacy Day: Pamoja WA is organising two webinars

PLEASE JOIN THE COMMUNITY OF PRACTITIONERS AND RESEARCHERS IN THE YOUTH AND ADULT LEARNING AND EDUCATION SECTOR THIS 16 SEPTEMBER AT 3PM GMT FOR THE WEBINAR THAT PAMOJA WEST AFRICA IS ORGANIZING TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY 2020. Meeting URL: meet.google.com/rao-zpnp-nur

Each year on September 8, the world community celebrates International Literacy Day (ILD) “to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a factor of dignity and human rights and to advance the agenda of the literacy for a more educated and sustainable society”[1]. This year’s edition comes in the global health context of COVID-19 which has amplified existing literacy challenges, profoundly affecting lifelong learning opportunities, especially for young people and adults.

Indeed, despite the progress made in recent years, at least 773 million adults worldwide lack basic skills in reading, writing and mathematical skills. The pandemic has led to the closure of educational establishments and centers in more than 190 countries around the world. This closure of the centers destroyed even the meager benefits that adult education obtained through the functioning of the formal system, including the parallel use of school infrastructure, the suspension of family learning opportunities through homework, etc. Distance education solutions implemented by governments have reached children and youth in the formal system more than youth and adults. They also confirmed the digital gap in African countries where the continuity of electricity and the fluidity of the Internet network are largely lacking.

As the resumption of educational activities is taking place gradually for the intervention and recovery of the education sector following COVID-19 are being considered, it is important to take into account the continuity of learning, the improvement of the supply and the establishment of more inclusive national lifelong learning capacities and systems.

To participate in post-COVID-19 reflections in order to find out concrete actions for education challenges, Pamoja West Africa is offering a platform for exchanges and sharing of experiences through two webinars (one in french and one in english) on the theme: COVID 19 and Adult/Youth Learning and Education in Africa: Experiences and Perspectives. The discussions and exchanges will examine the specific situation in Africa around the specific issues that the ILD-2020 would like to raise, in particular:

  • How have the teaching and learning of reading and writing, as well as educators, been affected by the COVID-19 crisis?
  • What are some of the effective pedagogical approaches that should be maintained or disseminated?
  • How can teaching and learning for youth and adult literacy be rethought in times of COVID-19 and beyond?

[1] https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/literacyday

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