ERIC Number: ED253728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan-14
Reference Count: 0
Adult Literacy Policy and Performance in Malawi: An Analysis.
Bhola, H. S.
In Malawi, adult literacy deserves immediate attention in order to promote health, family planning, and productivity. While policy commitment for adult literacy promotion has not been lacking, intensified action has been. In 1979 the government accepted the Unesco Mission Report to undertake a functional literacy program on the successful completion of the pilot project. More recently, in 1982, the Government of Malawi joined the Harare Conference and committed itself to elimination of illiteracy. Despite troubles in the installation of the Malawi functional literacy project, a National Board and a National Center for Literacy and Adult Education have been established. Although concrete possibilities of interagency linkages were explored, meaningful and sustained collaborations have yet to materialize. Content of the self-contained functional literacy curriculum is developed from themes most frequently mentioned in development literature and policy documents. A general paucity of training materials for use by trainers-supervisors or trainers of trainers has caused uneven training. The pilot project has established all the infrastructures the country needs; a clearly articulated and sustained national will is now required. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (Bloomington, IN, January 14, 1985).