100 Million Young People are Still Illiterate

 

100 Million Young People are Still Illiterate  GEM Report

This International Literacy Day there’s plenty to celebrate – the number of young people aged 15-24 with no literacy skills worldwide has fallen by 27% since 2000, a fact we hope to see reflected in plummeting adult literacy rates over time too. But this still leaves 100 million youth unable to read. How did so many get left-behind?

Levels of illiteracy are disproportionately high in Sub-Saharan Africa, affecting one in four young people. This is not only down to poor teaching, low school attendance, poverty or conflict, but also has a lot to do with a policy shared by most countries in the region: to teach children to read in official languages – English, French or Portuguese, rather than in the language they speak at home. It was estimated in 2000 that 87% of children were taught to read in languages they didn’t speak at home. For many children, the language of instruction at school is their third or fourth language.

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The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development
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Free education for all in Sierra Leone? Can it happen? — World Education Blog

In late August, Sierra Leone’s newly elected President Julius Madaa Bio, announced a five year initiative to roll out free pre-primary, primary and secondary education on 17 September. The new policy is intended to guarantee free school places for one and a half million children, as well as training for thousands of teachers, and free […]

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100 million young people are still illiterate — World Education Blog

Having worked in East Timor,Vietnam and Tanzania where many children starting school are not only taught in a language they do not know,but where teachers are not supported in preparing and teaching, knowing that some of their class are not understanding what the teacher is saying:

This International Literacy Day there’s plenty to celebrate – the number of young people aged 15-24 with no literacy skills worldwide has fallen by 27% since 2000, a fact we hope to see reflected in plummeting adult literacy rates over time too. But this still leaves 100 million youth unable to read. How did so […]

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 Integrating SDG Target 4.7 and SEL Skills into Educational Materials

SEL skills are moving up the education agenda,fortunately and the more we can link neuro- scientific developments and knowledge into all areas of education, the better.

 

[PAPER] Integrate SDG Target 4.7 and SEL Skills into Educational Materials
NISSEM

The Networking to Integrate SDG Target 4.7 and SEL Skills into Educational Materials (NISSEM) group aims to support children and youth in post-conflict and low resource settings.

Read the NISSEM draft position paper, which lists recommendations for how to achieve education goals.

NISSEM was launched in March 2018 and includes academics, practitioners, and donor agency staff. We link groups and specialists concerned with SEL and Target 4.7 themes and support on-going efforts to promote 21st-century skills, life skills, gender equality, cultural diversity, multiple perspectives, and non-violent conflict resolution through educational materials. We work towards the development of guidelines for contextualizing Target 4.7 themes through materials development for early grade reading and mainstream school subjects, in formal and non-formal education, as well as teacher training, and monitoring, measurement and assessment.

Find out more at https://nissem.weebly.com/.

How Technology Can Transform Child Literacy in Developing Countries.

Having used simple mobile phones to support volunteer teachers in rural and isolated areas,I know how relevant mobile technologies are for enriching education – for teachers,learners and their parents.

How Technology Can Transform Child Literacy in Developing Countries
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development

Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 9-10am EST 

In recognition of International Literacy Day, ACR GCD will present the findings and lessons learned from 11 EdTech pilot projects funded by ACR GCD from 2014-2017, spotlighted in our new report, Technology-Based Innovations to Improve Early Grade Reading Outcomes in Developing Countries.

Presenters include research firm School-to-School International as well as ACR GCD-funded innovators Creative AssociatesLittle Thinking Minds, and Sesame Workshop India Trust.

Participants will learn about the research design, project impact, and scalability assessment as well as recommendations to guide future EdTech project design, research, and funding decisions. Come with your most pressing research and implementation questions and join us for this interactive webinar.

Join this event using this link https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1499781989, or by phone at (773)231-9226 using meeting ID#149-978-1989.