UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize - Honourable Mention - Niger

Functional literacy programme for women and girls through women’s groups and lifelong education , Directorate of Literacy and Adult Education

The Jury appreciated the fact that this programme was designed to respond to the specific needs of both women and girls and that it covers not only reading, writing and counting in the mother tongues but also life skills and practical and productive activities. It also promotes long-term sustainability via income-generating activities run by nationwide management committees. Success can be measured by the sudden increase in the number of women and girls participating in the programme; the number of participants almost doubled between 1998 and 1999, increasing from 1,900 participants to 3,400. From 2000 to 2009 over 37,000 women and girls took part in the programme in lifelong education centres in over 900 villages. More

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