Filtered by: Literacy <Back to previous page Now the blackboard is looking at meby Barbara Lawes. Mothers’ Union members and workers worldwide know that a lack of literacy skills is one of the main problems facing women and girls, especially in rural areas. Without literacy skills, women find it much harder to improve conditions in their homes, families and communities and to participate fully in community affairs and administration. Literacy is key to accessing the few local initiatives and opportunities available. Literacy enables women’s voices and concerns to be ... ‘Pick up your water-pot and then someone will help you put it on your head!’Like all the peoples of Africa, the Lyélé of Burkina Faso often use proverbs to give expression to the values and the wisdom handed down from their ancestors. To take the first step oneself, to rely on one’s own resources, is a fundamental principle of Lyélé society - and a principle that should also be at the centre of all development activity. Bible study: Literacy and the word of GodLiteracy and the Word of God by Ron Stanford. God has always communicated with people - not just through the spoken word and through the Prophets. He has also made sure that his communication was put in written form so that it is not forgotten or used wrongly. When he spoke either through Moses, through the prophets, through Jesus or through the Apostles, his words were always put in writing in the Bible. EditorialThere are many definitions of literacy. However, this is a useful one... A person can be called literate...if they can read and understand anything which they could have understood if it had been spoken...and can write, so that it can be understood, anything that they could say.Dr Sarah Gudschinsky How to spell freedomby Kuki Rokhum. Language committeesby Noé Ngueffo. Learning literacy skillsAdults often forget how they learnt to read and write as children. This means that the process of teaching literacy can sometimes be difficult and confusing. Where literacy training is available, trained facilitators are the best people to pass on these skills. However, a basic understanding of literacy training may be very helpful to parents and to the family and friends of people learning literacy skills. Literacy a moving targetby Clinton Robinson. Literacy the Waye Kai approach in Nigerby Laurence Buenerd Alima is in her second year of literacy classes. ‘I am 51 years old’ she says with a shy smile. ‘I learn slowly. I had to re-take my first year, but since then everything is going well.’ Two of her granddaughters have followed her example and attend the classes with her. Local Action for Literacyby Clinton Robinson. Literacy is certainly not a matter of ‘just teaching someone to read’! The first essential is to have a written language. There are still many unwritten languages around the world, so if yours is one of these there is still hope - but a great deal more work will be involved to reach this essential first step. Planning for Success in Literacyby Pam Hollman. Good preparation and planning are essential for a successful literacy programme. The planning stage may take a long time but thoroughness at this point is likely to be rewarded by a successful programme. Clinton Robinson’s advice on setting up a village committee is the first important step. REFLECT - a PLA approach to literacyPLA exercises are often used with farmers – but they can have many other uses too. Literacy training is one of the most recent. In 1993 Action Aid began a research project to study the REFLECT (Regenerated Freirean Literacy through Empowering Community Techniques) approach to adult literacy. The REFLECT approach uses no primers or textbooks (other than a guide for the literacy facilitators). Instead each literacy circle develops their own learning materials based on PLA exercises. Starting and managing literacy programmesby Stellah Tumwebaze. LABE (Literacy and Adult Basic Education) is an organisation based in Kampala working in 14 districts of Uganda. It has wide experience in promoting literacy rights. Here they share some of their experience and help us to consider the basic steps to follow when starting a literacy programme. Teaching people to read and writeThree case studies 1 The Rendille, North Kenya Bible Translation and Literacy is a group working with Bible translation, literacy and analysing languages so they can be put into written form. They work with isolated language groups who often have little ability to communicate with the outside world, with all the isolation, lack of resources and difficulties that may result. The group believes that literacy, adult education and community development can strengthen these communities so that ... The value of literacy to the Énxetby Tim Curtis. Voting and literacyby Ladislas Burume Bihagarhizi Mumosho is a rural settlement, 22km from the town of Bukavu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). During the last legislative and presidential elections in DRC, I was one of the independent witnesses in a polling station in Mumosho, in the Kabare constituency.