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Meeting of Francophone Countries in Preparation for CONFINTEA VI (Lyon France, 11-13 February 2009)

The Agence nationale de lutte contre l'illettrisme (ANLCI) and the French National Commission for UNESCO, in close collaboration with UIL, the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF) and the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, will organize a CONFINTEA VI preparatory meeting from 11 to 13 February 2009, in Lyon, France. The theme of the meeting, "Enabling sustainable literacy: preventing and fighting illiteracy", will bring together Ministers and Directors of Education and Culture, NGOs, and representatives of bi- and multi-lateral agencies from the 54 OIF countries.

Literacy - particularly sustainable literacy - is an essential issue in all countries. In order to be effective in the long term, literacy must respond to the specific needs of the populations concerned in terms of their personal and working lives and their lives as citizens, including where appropriate measures enabling them to re-learn and retain knowledge. Literacy as a continuous process thus means that the emphasis should be placed both on literacy and the fight against illiteracy.

The aim of the meeting is to reinforce the idea that knowledge is not acquired "in one go", but continues to develop throughout life. Hence, the thematic focus will be on the following areas:

  • Sustainable literacy in everyday life
  • Sustainable literacy in professional life
  • Sustainable literacy in social and civic life

The recognition of learning experiences, the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the literate environment and the multilingual dimension will be addressed as transversal issues.

The recommendations of the meeting will be presented during CONFINTEA VI.

Work is currently underway to prepare and organize the meeting. On 23 September 2008, the steering committee met for the fourth time. The main objective in this meeting was to select examples of good practice and resource persons.

Related links:

Note de cadrage

Agence nationale de lutte contre l'illettrisme (ANLCI)

French National Commission for UNESCO

Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF)

French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs


UNESCO Literacy Portal

Contact: Madina Bolly