Literacy is a fundamental human right. Within the framework of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD 2003-2012) and the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu provides policy support, for example in the preparation and implementation of Nepal’s “10-Year Literacy Policy and Programme Framework 2006”.
The Office is working to build capacity of education officials with a view to improving literacy for sustainable development for example through:
- Designing and implementing mother tongue-based literacy programmes
- Supporting community learning centres as venues for community development and for delivery of non-formal education services through training of CLC managers and facilitators.
Well-trained teachers are critical to providing a quality education for all. Neither Education for All (EFA), nor the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be reached without adequate recognition of the role played by teachers.
The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu supports national efforts in:
- Building capacity and designing and developing training materials
- Supporting research to strengthen the teacher education system through pre-service teacher training and promoting multilingual education
- Reorienting teacher education from the perspective of EFA and ESD and integrating elements of education for sustainable development in teacher education and curriculum.