Family and intergenerational literacy and learning

Time-frame: 2017–present

Intergenerational approaches to learning are recognized as effective means of developing and improving the literacy, numeracy and foundational skills of adults, youth and children. By applying these approaches, family and intergenerational literacy and learning programmes create synergies between early childhood care and education, primary education and adult learning. UIL’s research has produced a range of materials for policy-makers and literacy programme planners that harness the potential of family literacy.

From theory to practice

Since 2017, UIL has been undertaking systematic interventions, conducting pilot projects in selected communities in two countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia and the Gambia. UIL has been working closely with national and district education officers, adult literacy facilitators and pre-primary teachers to adapt existing research and family literacy approaches to the countries’ needs.

After the successful completion of the pilot projects, training modules designed to further strengthen capacities and provide targeted support in participating countries will be developed, and the approach will be replicated in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Partners: The project is currently funded by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. Key implementing partners include the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Education, the UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education of the Gambia, and the Gambia National Commission for UNESCO.