ERIC Number: ED342957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Kenya Literacy Programme: A View from Below. Report of an IIEP Research Review Workshop (Nairobi, Kenya, November 27-29, 1989).
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Research conducted in Kenya had two purposes: to describe the literacy program and literacy learners and to determine the literacy skill levels of participants and to what use they are putting those skills. Researchers collected data from 5 districts in Kenya, including information about the characteristics and functioning of the literacy centers, and interviewed 388 of the 660 learners who had earned literacy certification and 64 teachers. Some of the findings of the study were the following: (1) the majority of the learners (67.5%) in the literacy programs are women; (2) enrollments in the program have been declining after enthusiastic growth resulting from a massive campaign in the 1970s; (3) facilities and equipment were found to be in relatively good shape; (4) teachers had been trained by 2-week courses or by 2-year correspondence courses; (5) learning motivation of more than 65 percent of the participants involves simply the desire to read and write; (6) large proportions of learners continue attending literacy classes after they have attained their certificates; and (7) numeracy skills are used more often than literacy skills. The study concluded that the main problem with the literacy program was that learners lacked motivation to attend, partially because of poor teaching. The findings of the study were reviewed at a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, with 42 participants, and policy implications were formulated. (Appendixes include a list of workshop participants and the workshop program.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Developing Nations, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Policy Formation, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Public Policy, Workshops
International Institute for Educational Planning, 7-9 rue Eugene-Delacroix, Paris 75116, France.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Kenya