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ERIC Number: ED540499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 147
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-6204-0760-1
Family Literacy: Experiences from Africa and around the World
Desmond, Snoeks, Ed.; Elfert, Maren, Ed.
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (NJ1)
Family literacy is a form of intergenerational learning that is based on the fundamental connection and interaction between the education of children, young people and adults. The family--in its broader sense--builds the foundation for lifelong learning. This book was published to help promote literacy by raising the understanding and awareness of family literacy in Africa. It shows that a variety of experiences with regard to this concept exist in this region and will help to bring the different stakeholders together, enter into dialogue and chart a new course of action. It will inform practitioners, policymakers and funders about a concept the editors believe is effective, even if often more expensive than "traditional" adult literacy programmes with however the added value of not only reaching children and adults but also resulting in more effective and sustainable programmes. Contents of this publication include: (1) Family literacy in Mali: Exploiting the synergy between formal and non-formal education (Souleymane Kante); (2) Family literacy in Namibia (Sinvula Kasokonya and Ivan Scheffers); (3) The Grandmother Project's experience in Senegal: Family literacy materials to promote intergenerational dialogue and learning (Judi Aubel, Bridget Lombardo, Malang Sagna and Fredinand Keny); (4) Intergenerational learning in Senegal: The Tostan experience (Molly Melching); (5) Family literacy in a rural setting: The story of the Family Literacy Project (Snoeks Desmond); (6) Parents, teachers and early literacy: The perceptions of parents and teachers of the roles they should play in developing children's early literacy (Kerryn Dixon and Kelly Lewis); (7) Whose family literacy?: Is there a "right kind of family literacy that is exclusively middle class and eurocentric? (Sandra Land); (8) "Let's Make Books": Implementation in east and southern Africa (Lucy Thornton and Juliana Thornton); (9) Non-formal education--the way to family literacy: Experiences from Uganda (Ronald Ssentuuwa); (10) Early literacy--Focus on Success Programme: An Australian experience (Vivien Bleakley); (11) A Canadian portrait of family literacy: Experiences from the Centre for Family Literacy in Alberta (Maureen Sanders and Ruth Hayden); (12) Family literacy in Malta: An empowering experience for both parents and children (Sandro Spiteri); (13) The Trust of Programmes for Early Childhood, Family and Community Education: Mother-to-Mother Training Programme (Farid Abu Gosh); and (14) Snapshots of programmes from Bahrain, Germany, Guatemala, New Zealand, Romania, Turkey, United States of America, Uganda and Vanuatu. Individual papers contain footnotes and references. [This publication was created with dvv international.]
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) (Germany)
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Australia; Canada; Mali; Malta; Namibia; Senegal; Uganda