4 thoughts on “Bridging the Gap: Research, Policy and Practice in Women’s Literacy

  1. I believe that this is an important issue of literacy under African sun shine

  2. I have read the issues raised by Thea and E-forum participants’ discussion. I am trying to digest the idea raised. The discussions are very interesting. I strongly believe that literacy empowers women if properly addressed. My concern is, however, the conception of literacy for empowering downtrodden women in developing country. In my view, giving power to women is confused with empowering women. So, how can the ultimate literacy program will be bona fide in reaching the poor women? It is still my concern.

  3. In Ethiopia, currently we are implementing IFAE i.e Integrated Functional Adult Education. And practically there are many obstacles as far as woman’s participation in the program is concerned. The first problem is lack of attitude on the society that instead of sending them to schools they beter to rear children at home and doing home tasks than learning and the other major problem is that they all couldnt understand the vitality of the adult education program changing their lives. So what mechanisms should we use in the near future to increase access and quality to met both the national and global agendas N.B ( SDG S 2030 and others….)

  4. Definitely the huge number of rural and urban slum illiterate and half literate women need a kind of functional literacy towards increasing their life skills abilities. It should not only be limited to acquire reading, writing and calculation skills only. Adult literacy must address the solutions for livelihood options and opportunities for economic engagements of the thousands and millions of women of the age group of 14 to 50. The women will be interested and committed to the work if their engagement become economically and socially meaningful for them and their family members.

    By such engagement the targeted women women would expect to have increased income on dailiy or monthly basis and ownership of small scale asset which they can further invest for more income and employments. By doing this the women will be in the position to participate in family’s decision making. It will further add value for increasing their personal dignity, reduce violence, abuse and physical harassment, early marriage

    The mainstream education system and resources should include and deliver non formal education system/program/approach across the country/regions to reach those are left out, dropped out and un-reached people particularly the adolescent girls and young women.

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