25.08.2017 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Senegal celebrates International Literacy Day

Manual for the development of a Mechanism for the Validation of Prior Learning of Literacy Facilitator / The patron, Amadou Wade Diagne © UNESCO

Following the example of the international community, the Secretariat of State for Literacy and the Promotion of National Languages will organize the 42nd session of the National Literacy Week, from 8 to 14 September 2017 throughout the national territory with the theme "Literacy in a Digital World".

Two important moments will mark this year’s literacy week:

First, the launching ceremony will take place at the “socio-collective center” of Diamniadio  on 8 September, under the presidency of the Minister of State, Youssou Touré. The ceremony will be an opportunity to share the main orientations of the subsector in taking into account digital technology in the fight against illiteracy, and to pay a high tribute to the late Amadou Wade Diagne who has strongly supported African countries in the improvement of their education system, particularly in the fields of Literacy and Non-formal Education (LNFE). Through his endeavors, he brilliantly helped to improve the quality of LNFE programmes in Senegal through the LIFE initiative, the literacy acceleration plan and the Capacity Building Project (CapED) of Senegal, among others. He was also an eminent member of the International Jury of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes.

The other major event of the week will be the awareness day organized by civil society organizations under the leadership of the National Co-ordination of Literacy Providers (CNOAS) on the system for the Validation of Prior Experience (VAE) of facilitators. This event, which will take place at the CICES, where more than 1,200 literacy providers and facilitators are expected, follows the political validation workshop of the VAE system organized by the National Center for Educational Resources (CNRE). This awareness day aims to communicate with all stakeholders on the issues and challenges of the VAE of facilitators, but above all to inform them about the process to be followed in case of partial validation or non-validation of prior experience.

Today, VAE is considered as an instrument of public policy in skills management and employment but also as an instrument to improve the quality of LNFE programmes and to contribute to the integration of stakeholders in formal employment in line with the recommendations of Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 8.

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