Intergenerational Learning and Family Literacy: New opportunities for ECCE in Africa

Organizers: UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Africa (UNESCO BREDA), ADEA Working Groups on ECD and Non-formal education, and UNESCO institute for Life Long Learning

Time and date: 18:30-19:30, Tuesday 28 September 2010

Room: Enisei

Languages: English, French

Research result of the EFA Global Monitoring Reports (2007-2009), published by UNESCO, underlines the fact that quality ECCE programmes improve school achievement, strongly influences child brain development, and reduces inequalities and drop out rates in primary schools. In spite of the evidence, ECCE does not benefit from due attention from governments, and the coverage rate in sub-Saharan Africa is still below 10 %. Experiences worldwide confirm that parents play a crucial role in promoting good development of young children and that programmes targeting parents are effective strategies to improve the wellbeing and development of their children. The objectives of the Special Event are to:

  • Discuss education from 0 to 15-years-old
  • Show the rationale of using family literacy programmes, intergenerational learning and parental education to improve quality and access of ECCE provision
  • Share good practices on ECCE and family literacy, parental education and intergenerational learning outcomes

This event will have the following moderators and speakers, and enriched by comments from Hamidou Boukary and Kumba Barry Bolly of ADEA.

Moderators:   Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director, UNESCO BREDA
Adama Ouane, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)

Wim Hopper, Visiting Professor, Institute of International Education, Sweden
Vanya Verrouet, UNICEF WACAR Education Programme Specialist “Parenting” – Family Learning and ECD in West and Central Africa

Linda Biersteker, Head of Research of the Early Learning Resource Unit Family learning : South Africa experiences

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