The COVID-19 pandemic and its lockdown magnify existing literacy challenges. This is the first story from a two-part series following testimonies from Indonesia, Colombia, Jordan and DRC on how UNESCO Literacy Prizes laureates ensure that their literacy programmes continue to reach the most vulnerable populations during the pandemic. This year’s UNESCO International Literacy Prizes will be looking into literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
The new five-year UNESCO Strategy for Youth and Adult Literacy (2020-2025) has four strategic priority areas:
- Developing national literacy policies and strategies;
- Addressing the learning needs of disadvantaged groups, particularly women and girls;
- Leveraging digital technologies to expand access and improve learning outcomes;
- Monitoring progress and assessing literacy skills and programmes.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.