21.09.2018 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a growing hope for literacy facilitators in Senegal

Family photo between the facilitators and technical & financial partners ©UNESCO/ M. Fall

The first promotion of literacy facilitators received their certificate of success in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) test during a ceremony organized in Dakar, as part of National Literacy Week.

This procedure, undertaken for the first time in the literacy sector, provides facilitators in national languages with access to a system for the recognition and certification of their skills. The RPL process consists of identifying the skills acquired by a person through his or her experience, evaluating them in relation to the framework for the certification in question and validating them by awarding a diploma or certificate.

The Secretary General of the Minister of National Education, Khady Diop Mbodj, in her speech recalled that the illiteracy rate in Senegal is 54.6%. In order to reduce this percentage, estimated to include 5 million Senegalese who cannot read or write in a language, "we need facilitators with proven, well-trained and qualified skills," she said. She also urged the facilitators to visit the Education and Training Inspections to learn more about the procedures, and to start building their files and portfolios.

The new graduates, thirty people from Dakar, Thiès and Kaolack regions, expressed their satisfaction at seeing the fruit of several decades of experience finally recognized. They reiterated their hope that this certification would allow each beneficiary to realize a beneficial change in their status, not only in terms of professional sustainability and literacy, but also in terms of participation in the development of their country.

Aissatou Niang Baldé, facilitator for 27 years in the Pulaar language in the city of Nioro (Kaolack), congratulated the partnership between UNESCO and the Ministry of National Education, which made possible this programme to address a long-standing challenge: "We've been waiting a long time for this, and we're all the more proud because our region has the highest success rate," she said. Indeed, according to the test results, Kaolack has a 60% success rate, compared to 28% in Thiès and 14.5% in Dakar. Hence Ms. Baldé's appeal to the authorities to increase Kaolack's quota in terms of VAE demand.

For the representative of the Director of UNESCO's Multisectoral Office, Ms. Guiomar Alonso, “the possibility of regularly updating these skills puts us at the heart of lifelong learning (Sustainable Development Goal 4)'', hence the Office's support within the framework of its CapED program.

This program has enabled Senegal to set up an initial training system for literacy facilitators with through the use of important tools, such as "The facilitator core business," "The RPL catch-up plan’’ carried out with the training and communication department (DFC), in addition to the adaptation of RPL items into six national languages in conjunction with the Directorate of Literacy and National Languages (DALN).

http://www.unesco.org/new/fr/dakar/about-this-office/single-view/news/lancement_de_la_vae_pour_les_facilitateurs_en_alphabetisati/

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/dakar/education/teaching-and-learning/capacity-building-project-capefa-on-teachers-in-senegal/




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