International Seminar on Improving Literacy Based on Mother Tongue and ICTs: Enhancing Inclusion and Equity of Digital Literacy for All
An “International Seminar on Improving Literacy Based on Mother Tongue and ICTs: Enhancing Inclusion and Equity of Digital Literacy for All” is being organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia on 31 October–3 November 2012 at Atlet Century Park Hotel (Jakarta, Indonesia).
The seminar aimed to provide the country representatives with an international perspective on the current situation of literacy policies, practices, programmes and innovations of literacy, which could generate new insights, ideas and possibilities on how best to address the challenges and issues of the nine most populous (E-9) countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan) and the ASEAN+ countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam).
The event is held as an implementation of one of the recommendations of the Abuja Declaration on Education for All (EFA), that was jointly developed by representatives of the E-9 countries during the “Eight E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting: Literacy for Development” which was organized by UNESCO and the Nigerian Government in Abuja (Nigeria) on 21-24 June 2010.
The seminar was opened by Prof. Dr. Lydia Freyani Hawadi, Psi. (Director-General of Early Childhood, Non Formal and Informal Education), and Prof. Hubert J. Gijzen, PhD (Director and Representative of UNESCO Office, Jakarta).
The event was participated by Honorable Dr. Bendito dos Santos Freitas (Minister of Education of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste), representatives of the E-9 and ASEAN+ countries, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia, and representatives of the Ministry of Communication and Information of Indonesia.
The seminar was also enriched by presentations from Mr. Aliou Boly (UNESCO General Education Quality Analysis Framework [GEQAF]), Ms. Ulrike Hanemann (UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning), Ms. Christine Glanz (UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning), and Mr. Ichiro Miyazawa (UNESCO Bangkok) as international resource persons.
Presentations and discussions focused on sharing good practices and experiences on improving basic and digital literacy for all, and increasing inclusive literacy based on use of the mother tongue. The country representatives will develop networks and partnerships, and formulate a plan of action and commitment to improve reading culture based on use of the mother tongue and ICTs.
Please find Prof. Hubert J. Gijzen’s opening address here.
For more information, please contact Dr. Anwar Al-Said (Head of the Education Unit, UNESCO Office, Jakarta, a.alsaid(at)unesco.org).