A Comprehensive Survey of Adult Literacy Levels in Madang

Training for enumerators (c) ASPBAE/PEAN

UNESCO using Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) is working with the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) and the PNG Education Advocacy Network (PEAN) to conduct a household literacy survey in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea. ASPBAE will use specially designed questionnaires to gather information firstly relating to basic household information and secondly information relating specifically to literacy experiences of those in the household aged 15 to 60 years old.

The survey sample size of around 960 people aged between 15-60 years will provide a unique picture of literacy levels in the Province. Teams of enumerators proficient in English and Tokpisin were trained and have started to visit the selected households and interview all eligible persons there in their preferred language. The information gathered will include literacy information disaggregated by age cohort, sex, educational levels, economic status and urban/rural comparisons where applicable. The final report will provide useful information to more accurately plan to meet the literacy needs of the population.

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