27.02.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Innovative approaches of learning through family literacy on agenda of UNESCO workshop

©UNESCO/Krishna Malla

In Nepal, your literacy status depends on whether you are a boy or a girl, a man or a woman. It is linked to your income, the caste or ethnicity, to which you belong, the mother tongue that you speak, the region where you live, or the fact whether you have a disability or not. It is also linked to the efficiency of literacy programmes. An interesting new approach for a more successful literacy strategy is the so-called family literacy that will be on the agenda of a UNESCO workshop to be held from 9 to 11 March in Kathmandu.

The 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report shows that progress towards the adult literacy goal has been too slow. Many countries will miss the adult literacy target of achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, among these is Nepal with 60 per cent of adult literacy (2005-2010). Therefore, reaching out to 775 million adults at the global level, two-thirds of them women, to provide basic literacy skills has to be a key priority during the coming years.

The workshop “Introducing innovative approaches of learning through family literacy in Nepal” (9 - 11 March 2013, Kathmandu) that the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu organizes in collaboration with UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL), Hamburg Institute of Teacher Training and School Development, and Nepal’s Non-Formal Education Centre (NFEC), tries to develop new strategies in order to response to the country’s literacy challenges.

Intergenerational approaches to learning such as family literacy or family learning have proven to be effective in different contexts around the world to articulate such a holistic response to the literacy challenge. It is not a “model” that has been recently invented in the Western world: rather it builds on cultural and educational practices and traditions which are deeply rooted in all societies, communities and families. Therefore, the current literacy challenges in Nepal can be successfully addressed by holistic approaches that connect to the existing experiences and practices and enhance lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The Capacity Development for EFA (CapEFA) Programme Nepal, “Developing capacities for strengthening literacy and lifelong learning in Nepal” 2012-2013, provides the framework for the workshop to explore the possibilities of piloting family literacy in Nepal together with relevant stakeholders.



Myo Ghettalae, CapEFA Project Coordinator



Tap Raj Pant, National Programme Officer




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