Capacity Building to Enhance Policy Development, Institutional Change, and Programme Delivery in Literacy and Non Formal Education

©UNESCO / Mikako Moriya
Women's Literacy Class in Assiut

Egypt has the largest illiterate population in the Arab region of over 17 million.  The illiteracy rate is 29% according to the 2003 latest Adult Education Authority (AEA) statistics.

The AEA is engaged in the transformation process, from a traditional literacy provider organization to a lifelong learning organization.  It considers literacy a vehicle for building human capacity and community development.  Its reform initiative presents an opportunity for UNESCO to:

  • Strengthen AEA technical and administrative system for planning, managing and assessing literacy and Non–Formal Education program
  • Encourage a locally-defined/driven institutional change –from training of AEA personals and community facilitators to curriculum development, and literacy monitoring and evaluation.

The project was commenced in 2006 jointly by UNESCO Cairo and Beirut offices.  It will be finalized by the end of December 2009.  The project has conducted a number of activities to realize the objectives below:

  • Promote social dialogue, policy formulation planning and implementation through monitoring and evaluation of literacy and NGFE programs.
  • Build the institutional capacity of AEA to design, implement, manage, and evaluate literacy and NFE national programs.
  • Promote innovations in literacy and program delivery.  Also, to provide good quality post literacy programs (Community Learning Centers, Local Radio, etc) targeting the unreached learners, especially women and marginalized youths.
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