UNESCO International Literacy Prize Winners 2008
Zambia - The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2008
The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize has been awarded to the People’s Action Forum programme Reflect and HIV/AIDS for its innovative strategies and strong community ownership. The Jury admired the association’s use of local languages in teaching the rural women in their literacy programmes to be autonomous, following the motto: “rather than wait for government to decide, people should be involved in the decision-making process.”
The wide scope of material used and the innovative cultural programmes in mother tongue languages are remarkable as is the innovative approach in which participants learn from each other.
The programme’s use of group work, triangulation, drama and role-playing strategies is commendable. Working closely with other associations and with the government throughout Zambia, the programme stands out for its local engagement and its impressive number of participants.
Equally remarkable is its explicit recognition of the potential of women’s literacy in the prevention and treatment of diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS. The Reflect and HIV/AIDS programme has also been commended for working in close collaboration with other stakeholders and for its active encouragement of community.
Due to its community involvement the programme has high potential for sustainability.
People’s Action Forum
United Kingdom - Honourable Mention of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2008
The Honourable Mention of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2008 was attributed to the “BBC-RAW” (Reading and Writing) programme for its large-scale broadcasts providing an entertainment-led environment to teach reading and writing.
BBC-RAW provides an entertainment-led environment to teach reading and writing, using dramas and reality shows to attract viewers. The jury congratulated the BBC’s initiative in offering a model for other broadcasting systems to consider.
The BBC has taken responsibility for serving the public interest, going beyond being a source of public information and entertainment. The programme has also demonstrated an impressive viewer retention rate.
BBC, BBC Raw
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