17.03.2014 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Senior education officials discuss on the effective implementation of Literate Nepal Mission

© UNESCO -Tap Raj Pant speaking during the workshop on implementation of Literate Nepal Mission

Senior officials have held discussion to explore the strategies for the effective implementation of Literate Nepal Mission (LINEM) during review workshops organized in Biratnagar and Palung on 7 and 9 March 2014 respectively. The workshops were attended by the Secretary of Ministry of Education (MoE), Director of Non Formal Education Center (NFEC), Director and officials from Regional Education Directorate (RED), and district education officers.

Participants reviewed the implementation status of the Literate Nepal Mission and discussed the major challenges and issues faced by various districts within the regions.  They also presented the action plan for the accelerated efforts at the local level to help achieve universal literacy.

In the workshop organized at Biratnagar, Narayan Gopal Malego, Secretary of the MoE provided valuable instructions to participants in regards to achieving literacy for all by 2015. “Literate Nepal Mission is the priority programme for the Government of Nepal, so all the district education offices need to consider LINEM as priority one programme for their respective district,” he said.

Amita Vohra, Officer-in-charge of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu discussed the “multiplier effect” of literacy. Literacy helps eradicate poverty, reduce child mortality, curb population growth, achieve gender equality and ensure sustainable development, peace and democracy. “Literacy is a fundamental ingredient to economic and social progress that is why it is not only one of the six Education for All (EFA) goals but also forms an integral component in the other five,” she said.

Babu Ram Poudel, Director of the NFEC, urged the participants to discuss and agree on the action plan for the coming two years to make LINEM successful by mobilizing all key stakeholders at local level.

Tap Raj Pant from UNESCO Office in Kathmandu shared initiatives of UNESCO at global, regional and national levels for the promotion of literacy for all within the framework of EFA. He also gave an overview on UNESCO’s capacity building project for EFA (CapEFA).

Participants of the workshop agreed to give an emphasis on creating literate environment through mobilizing local NGOs, Community Learning Centres and schools. They also agreed to concentrate on most illiterate’s pocket and declare selected Village Development Committees (VDC) as illiteracy free VDCs within this fiscal year.

The workshops that were jointly organized by the NFEC, the REDs for eastern and central regions and the UNESCO office in Kathmandu came up with key messages that lifelong learning should be considered a key guiding principle; equitable and inclusive access to quality literacy services should be ensured for all at all levels. The participants of the workshop also agreed to implement targeted literacy interventions in areas which show the largest concentration of illiterates, in particular as concerns marginalized groups and women.

The two workshops brought together more than 50 participants including education officials and journalists. 




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