25.06.2019 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Valorisation of Evidence on Inclusive Social Development in Southern Africa project launched in Malawi

UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), through the financial support of the Malaysian Funds-in-Trust, is implementing the project on Valorisation of Evidence on Inclusive Social Development in Southern Africa. The project aims at assisting Member States in improving their knowledge management schemes in order to ensure social inclusion throughout policy design and implementation process.

After a fruitful rollout in Malaysia, The Philippines, and Indonesia, the project is now officially running in Malawi after its launch on 19th June 2019 in Lilongwe, focusing on Adult Literacy Education (ALE). This initiative is undertaken in close partnership with the Ministry of Civic Education, Culture, and Community Development, and Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband (DVV), with the support of the Malawi National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Regional Office in Jakarta (Indonesia).

Mrs. Ivy Luhanga, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, commended the project saying it will contribute to improving service delivery of the adult literacy sector. She indicated that the Government of Malawi is committed to ALE as it recognizes that it is crucial in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – especially SDG4. She also admitted that issues of social inclusion have been a challenge that require action and that the project is coming at an opportune time as it is intended to support Malawi in ensuring the inclusive approach in the implementation of Agenda 2030.

Representing UNESCO ROSA, Mr Phinith Chanthalangsy, the Head of the Social and Human Sciences Sector, highlighted that the workshop coincides with the finalisation of the national ALE policy in Malawi, thus calling on an inclusive approach in the implementation and monitoring phase. He also emphasised that the workshop aims to bridge the gap between research findings and policy formulation and implementation, while allowing exchanges of good practices in the same field with the Malaysian partners from the Political Science Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS).

Mr David Harrington, Regional Director of DVV, underlined the efforts that have been made in Malawi to produce solid evidence-based knowledge in the area of ALE, and to set up collaboration mechanisms that can facilitate dialogue between various stakeholders.

Prof. Dato Rashila Ramli, IKMAS Principal Fellow, shared the outline of the methodologies in ensuring the availability, the accessibility, and the usage of evidence (called valorisation) in the field of social policies, while applying to the social policy for the Elderly in Malaysia.

Stakeholders and participants included key decision makers within the education sector, ALE sub-committee members, CSOs partners in Malawi, and experts in the field of ALE. The workshop concluded with key decisions on the needs to produce user-friendly guidelines and protocols that should guarantee an inclusive approach in knowledge production in the implementation and monitoring process of the ALE national policy.

For more information on the project, please contact: p.chanthalangsy(at)unesco.org. 

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