Programme Design & Delivery

Language education for Dutch-speaking adults

© UNESCO/Sake Rijpkema
Language education for Dutch-speaking adults

What people can do with literacy often depends on how they learned it. Well designed programmes provide the best opportunities for learning sustainable literacy skills and using them meaningfully.
To be effective and sustainable, literacy programmes need the following:

Relevant content and materials
Literacy programmes must meet changing literacy needs and adapt to the learner’s environment, circumstances, and prior learning with respect to gender, linguistic, and cultural diversity.

Appropriate pedagogical approaches
Children, adolescents and adults learn in different ways and bring different perspectives to literacy instruction. Programmes also need to adapt according to learners’ profiles and learning goals, and may involve formal, non-formal or informal approaches.

Training of literacy personnel
Well trained facilitators are essential for effective programme delivery. The profile of literacy facilitators needs to be enhanced through effective and systematic pre- and in-service training.

Beyond basic literacy
Literacy is closely linked to development and improving quality of life. It offers the chance to combine other skills training with literacy learning. In addition, learners may acquire a certificate recognizing a level of competencies equivalent to formal schooling.

A literate environment
The sustainability of literacy skills relies on a literate environment. Fostering local writing and the use of ICT and other media contributes to strengthening a literate environment.



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