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“Advances in literacy across the world continue to be hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, we have seen educational disparities further exacerbated by the digital divide, ”said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.
International Literacy Day (ILL) 2021 explored how literacy can help build a solid foundation for human-centered recovery, with particular emphasis on the interplay between literacy and skills digital technologies required by illiterate youth and adults. He also explored what makes technology-based literacy learning inclusive and meaningful, leaving no one behind. In doing so, DLI 2021 provided an opportunity to reimagine future literacy teaching and learning, in and beyond the context of the pandemic.
In Nepal, UNESCO collaborated with the Center for Education and Human Resources Development (CEHRD) and Shikharapur CLC to organize a series of two-day capacity building workshops for Community Learning Centers (CLC ) from August 9 to 26. A total of 636 participants from 247 CLCs and representatives of local governments from the seven provinces took part in these workshops, which were followed by a speech competition for CLC facilitators.
The celebration ended with a national workshop on September 6, attended by virtually 193 participants from CLCs across the country.
Ram Prasad Thapaliya, Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, said: “Many policies have been developed to strengthen CLCs and we will ensure that over time even those who have the fewer resources become model CLCs.
During the workshops, the CLCs shared their good practices, learning from each other on ways to work with local government, mobilizing the limited resources available for more impactful activities, as well as on digitization and how to better promote their work on social media. UNESCO has created a social media group which has been very active; currently 914 CLC members have participated, using it to share their activities and learn from each other. This was made possible by trainings that were conducted by UNESCO during previous capacity building programs.
The winners of the speaking competition were officially announced by CEHRD on September 6, and the Municipality of Dakshinkali will present prizes to the winners.
This event was supported by UNESCO’s Literacy for Educational Capacity Development (CapED) Program, which is funded by Finland, France, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Dubai Cares .