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.