New “Literate Nepal Mission” presented at UNESCO High Level Round Table on Literacy
Nepal’s action plan for accelerating literacy programmes including the “Literate Nepal Mission”, a new government initiative, was presented by Babu Ram Poudel, Director of the Non-Formal Education Canter (NFEC) at the High-Level International Round Table on Literacy- “Reaching the 2015 Literacy Target: Delivering on the promise” at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris earlier this month.
The event, that took place on 6 and 7 September 2012, provided a platform for discussion on the achievements during the UN Literacy Decade (UNLD), the plan for concrete actions to scale up efforts over the coming three years by building on effective existing practices and also envision the post-2015 literacy scenario and the challenges. The primary aim of the roundtable was to endorse and launch implementable plans for reaching participating countries’ 2015 targets for EFA goal 4 as set in the Dakar Framework of Action.
41 countries with the greatest literacy challenges worldwide, including the 36 countries of UNESCO’s Literacy for Empowerment (LIFE) initiative participated in the event. Their representatives shared information on the current status of literacy and its challenges within and presented action plans for scaling up their literacy programmes during 2012-2015.
Over the two days, discussions focused on the review of previous goals and actions plans with a view to enhance their impact. Other subjects discussed were the results of the mid-term review of LIFE; future plans for further strengthening and consolidating LIFE; progress toward the end of UNLD assessment; and plans to meet the emerging literacy challenges in the post UNLD/post-2015.
Also on the agenda were discussions on the expansion of education centers, developing learning materials and instruction in different languages as well as teachers and facilitators trainings. Other areas of debate were systems of assessments, monitoring and evaluations and literacy instruction and learning.