26.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Solid data as a basis of successful literacy campaigns

© UNESCO -Kakkanang Ghettalae in one of the NFE-MIS data management trainings

As evidence based planning is crucial for successful literacy campaigns, UNESCO is set to train seventy literacy practitioners in data management and monitoring and evaluation of non-formal education, in support to the Government of Nepal to build its capacity in data collection and in the monitoring and evaluation of its literacy programmes.

The training will be provided during two workshops, which the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, in collaboration with the Non Formal Education Centre (NFEC) is organizing from 30 September to 2 October in Baratpur and from 27 to 29 October 2013 in Nepalgunj.

The aim of the events is to strengthen capacities of planning officers and statisticians in the area of data collection and analysis and its use in planning and programming, along with systematic monitoring and evaluation including standard setting tools and literacy assessment. Participants are district education officers and providers of non-formal education and literacy in community learning centres in the Central, Western, Mid-western and Far-western regions.

For many years, the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu has been providing technical assistance to the NFEC in support of the Education for All movement in Nepal. In particular, non-formal education through community based learning, with particular emphasis on gender equality and adult literacy has been strengthened.

One of the activities in the past had assessed the capacity of the non-formal education sector which identified existing key capacities as well as the additional capacities needed for effective implementation of literacy and non-formal education programmes. The capacity assessment highlighted major gaps in the institutional capacities. This includes inadequate capacity in reaching out to the communities with their learners and potential learners and in utilizing community responsive planning.  So far, non-formal education could neither rely on solid data collection and analysis, nor on an effective framework of monitoring and evaluation.

Illiterate people are part of the nineteen groups on which the UN system in Nepal focuses its development efforts over the coming years because of their vulnerability. The United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017 is set to address structural causes of vulnerability, including unequal access to economic opportunities and basic services such as education and health, lack of access to governance processes and institutions, and remoteness and the localized effects of climate change.

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