2008 - Ethiopia - Adult and Non-Formal Education Association

On of the two awards of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy 2008 was attributed to the Adult and Non-Formal Education Association (ANFEAE) programme, Literacy Plus, whose name expresses its commendable ability to exceed simple literacy for rural women. 

ANFEAE serves marginalized social groups, particularly poor rural women, in order to help them to develop livelihood and life skills and fulfil an often overlooked need to sustain newly acquired literacy skills. Literacy Plus takes place in a rural area characterized by a high rate of poverty and the violation of women and children’s rights.

Contact Information
Adult and Non-Formal Education Association
Addis Ababa, Arada Sub-city
Kebele, 13/14
Tel: 00251-11-1248634
Fax: 00251-11-1248638

South Africa - Operation Upgrade

One of the two awards of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy is attributed to Operation Upgrade’s Kwanibela Project. This research-based project uses adult literacy and adult basic education to promote social change and development in Kwanibela, a remote and isolated rural community with no water or electricity, where the illiteracy rate is high and HIV/AIDS is prevalent.

The method used by the Kwanibela Project, combining an assessment of individual need, an integration of HIV/AIDS with literacy learning and a library literacy programme, offers a truly innovative approach. This effective structure is certain to be sustained. The abundance of training and income-generating activities exemplifies Operation Upgrade’s continued commitment to community involvement and ownership.

Contact Information
Operation Upgrade of South Africa
PO Box 371 Hyper by the Sea
4053, Durban
South Africa
Phone: 0027-31-5794343


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