The recent COVID-19 pandemic and its disruptions to education systems globally, has demonstrated the fragility of the situation of many youth and adult literacy educators, programmes and systems as represented by abrupt suspension of numerous programmes. Policy-makers, practitioners, and development partners have drawn on some important lessons, particularly in the context of both formal and non-formal education, such as the potential of distance learning offered by digital and other types of technologies, and yet, the primacy of face-to-face interactions between educators and learners which cannot be fully addressed in the distance learning options.
In addressing some of the fallouts of the pandemic, the UNESCO Regional Offices in Abuja, Dakar, Harare, Nairobi and Yaoundé, within the framework the International Literacy Day 2020 are organizing two webinars on the theme “Literacy Teaching and Learning: The Role of Educators and Pedagogical changes.” Other partners of the event include the International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), the Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development of UNESCO Paris and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).
The first webinar is a Policy Dialogue on innovative methodologies for youth and adult literacy programmes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond and the role of educators. It will provide a platform for Ministers of Education, development partners, civil society organizations and the private sector to discuss effective policies, innovative approaches and the role of educators, as we rethink literacy teaching and learning of youth and adults in Africa during and after the COVID-19 era.
The second webinar will provide an opportunity for countries in the region to exchange ideas and experiences. Moreover, this webinar will also provide an opportunity for UNESCO to highlight the need for advancing the global literacy agenda especially in the framework of its new strategy, the UNESCO Strategy for Youth and Adult Literacy (2020-2025) and the strategy of the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL).
First webinar: 23 September 2020, 11:00 CEST
Zoom registration: https://unesco-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X_oGCk2xSEmVtSmC3NkTSA
Second webinar: 30 September 2020, 11:00 CEST
Zoom registration: https://unesco-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kvxS7XRnSde0fi8gwQn9oQ