UNESCO Confucius Literacy Prize - Bhutan

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- class in full swing. The same class room is being used by their children during the day and the Mothers use it in the evening.

Non-formal and Continuing Education programme, Department of Adult and Higher Education

Operating in a rugged, mountainous country with a dispersed population, Bhutan’s successful Non-formal and Continuing Education Programme (NFCEP) has been recognized as a model for developing countries. Operating under Bhutan’s national plan of Gross National Happiness, it has expanded rapidly, focusing particularly on rural communities and women. The programme’s goal is to achieve 70 % adult literacy by 2013 and 100% by 2015. NFCEP originated jointly with the Dzongkha Development Authority and the national Women’s Association of Bhutan, as a combined effort to address the needs of women and girls. The government took over in 1996 with policy and quality assurance strategies. Since then, NFCEP has grown to over 950 centres with over 13,000 learners annually. More

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