UNESCO collaborates with the Ministry of Education to celebrate 2020 International Literacy Day

The recent COVID-19 crisis has been a stark reminder of the existing gap between policy discourse and reality: a gap that already existed in the pre-Covid-19 era and is negatively affecting the learning of youth and adults who have no or low literacy skills and therefore tend to face multiple disadvantages. 

The Ghana celebration will focus on “Literacy teaching and learning in Ghana during the COVID-19 Crisis and after”.

In commemoration of International Literacy Day, UNESCO Accra office in collaboration with the Non – Formal Education Division (NFED) of Ministry of Education will organize a series of activities to reflect on the unmet gaps in literacy and lifelong learning especially for youth, adults and out-of-school children (OoSC) across Ghana prior to, during and after COVID-19.

The UNESCO Head of Accra Office and Country Representative, Mr. Abdourahame DIALLO will also participate in a virtual Conference on “Child Literacy as a Foundation for Future Development: Strategies in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond” organized by the Ghana Publishers Association (GPA).

UNESCO’s International Literacy Prizes 2020 will also award five outstanding literacy programmes from Ghana, Mexico, Nepal, United Kingdom and Yemen.

President of Just Commit Foundation , Mr. Janix Asare, Ghana will be awarded the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy. The award, established in 2005, with support from the Government of the People’s Republic of China, considers literacy amongst adults in rural areas and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women. Prize winners will receive a medal, a diploma, and US$20.000. 

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Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo
Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo has been with UNESCO since 1994 as a consultant in the field of international business. He comes to the UNESCO Accra Office with vast experience in leadership positions, having previously, served as the Head of Office and Representative of UNESCO in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo. Mr. Diallo holds a degree in engineering (1991) from the Ecole des hautes etudes industrielles in Lille, France, and a Master of Business Administration in international business engineering (1994) from the Institut superieur de gestion in Paris, France.
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