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  • Don Osborn
    FYI, this literacy conference is underway now. ... FYI, a conference on literacy in Bamako, 10-12 Sept. Note mentions of national languages and ICT. (From APPA
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      FYI, this literacy conference is underway now.

      --- In AfricanLanguages@yahoogroups.com, "Don Osborn" <dzo@...> wrote:

      FYI, a conference on literacy in Bamako, 10-12 Sept. Note mentions of
      national languages and ICT. (From APPA via H-West-Africa).



      Media advisory l'UNESCO N°2007-54

      Fresh impetus for literacy in Africa

      Paris, 4 September - A conference on literacy in Africa
      will be held in Bamako (Mali), from 10 to 12 September. This meeting
      is the third in a series of six regional and sub-regional conferences
      organised by UNESCO to promote global literacy. It will review the
      situation on the African continent where, on average, less than 60
      percent of adults can read or write, one of the lowest literacy rates
      in the world.

      The conference, called "Renewing Literacy to Face African
      and International Challenges", will be inaugurated by the President of
      Mali, S.E. Amadou Toumani Touré, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro
      Matsuura in the presence of several African first ladies.

      Over two and a half days, the participants - First
      Ladies, education ministers, finance ministers, decision-makers,
      representatives of civil society and universities, education
      professionals and members of bilateral and multilateral organisations
      - will attempt to identify best policies and new initiatives and
      consider the issue of the costs and financing of programmes. Other
      themes to be discussed will be mother-child literacy, literacy for
      health or to generate income, the use of national languages and the
      use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

      The meeting will also be an opportunity to present
      programmes that have proved successful and show how the challenge of
      literacy can be tackled using a variety approaches. One of the aims of
      the conference is to establish cooperation between the different
      parties to help African countries improve their literacy rates.

      The first two meetings in this series took place in Doha
      (Qatar) in March and in Beijing (China) in July and August this year.
      Between now and the end of 2008, three other conferences will be held
      in India, Costa Rica and Azerbaijan.

      These initiatives follow the Global Literacy Conference
      organized by the White House in New York on 18 September 2006, under
      the auspices of Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States and
      Honorary Ambassador the United Nations Literacy Decade. That
      conference marked the start of a vast international campaign to
      promote literacy within the framework of the United Nations Literacy
      Decade (2003-2012) and UNESCO's Literacy Initiative for Empowerment,
      or LIFE (2006-2015).

      The conference on literacy will be followed by a regional
      Forum on Education for All (EFA), Dakar +7, which will take place from
      13 to 14 September in Bamako. Organized by the UNESCO Regional Office
      for Education in Africa (BREDA), this forum will assess progress
      towards the provision of Education for All seven years after the World
      Education Forum in Dakar (Senegal) in 2000, and define courses of
      action to further accelerate the process.

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      Presse Panafricaine.

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