UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)
Project Litbase

Feldbrunnenstr. 58
20148 Hamburg

Tel: +49 40 44 80 410
FAX: +49 40 410 77 23

Welcome to UIL’s LitBase


Experience exchange and knowledge transfer are crucial means of promoting literacy and numeracy efforts.

In order to encourage all key actors to share their experiences and gain inspiration from innovative approaches in the field of literacy, this website provides a selection of effective adult literacy and numeracy programmes from all regions of the world.

As the database is being compiled on an ongoing basis, newly uploaded programmes will be announced in the ‹News› section. We also invite institutions and organizations that are not currently represented in the database to submit a report of their literacy project in accordance with our guidelines.

We hope that this database will be of great value to all actors and stakeholders in the field of literacy and adult learning.


2014 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes

UNESCO is committed to supporting effective literacy policies and programmes. To that effect, the Organization honours excellence and innovation in the field of literacy throughout the world.

Every year, on the occasion of International Literacy Day (8 September), UNESCO awards the International Literacy Prizes to institutions, organizations and individuals whose efforts contribute to the promotion of dynamic literate societies.

All programmes which received a UNESCO International Literacy Prize in 2014 are covered in the Effective Literacy Practices Database. The successful programmes contained in LitBase are:

New Programmes in the Effective Literacy Practices Database