Adult Literacy Worldwide, more than one billion people are illiterate while one in four women is still unable to read. Education Action is supporting projects working at grass roots level to improve the quality and effectiveness of adult literacy teaching and learning approaches. We believe that the opportunity to develop literacy skills is a basic human right and the process of acquiring literacy can transform people’s lives. Throughout the world, instructors — many of them volunteers — work with committed classes of adult learners. Much of our work concentrates on ways of training and supporting instructors. Currently we support the following projects: In Uganda, Literacy and Adult Basic Education (LABE) is run by a dynamic local NGO In Sudan, Education Action is working on Training of Literacy Teachers and Teacher Trainers, a joint project with the National Council for Literacy and Adult Education, and on the Literacy, Education and Development (LEAD) project. Literacy and Basic Education (LABE), Uganda LABE operates in Bugiri, the region with the worst adult literacy rate in Uganda. It provides a family learning project improving both adult literacy rates and the educational performance of children. This is achieved through joint parent-adult sessions, workshops for parents, adult educators and teachers, as well as a series of teachers’ and parents’ guides. A strong element of the project involves advocacy at a national level, to promote family learning as a strategy for raising education rates. LABE promotes literacy by producing training materials, strengthening advocacy and training literacy teachers who subsequently train literacy instructors locally.

Adult Literacy

This project will service 38,220 illiterate facilitators and community volunteers, of which 25,000 will be women. More widely, this initiative will benefit 2.5 million of the 11 million people in Uganda who are illiterate. Training of Literacy Teachers and Teacher Trainers, Sudan This project follows a strategy of expanding access for displaced adults to literacy and skill training opportunties, such as intensive literacy teacher training courses. To date more than 6,250 people have been provided with a basic education and 355 teachers have been trained. Literacy, Education and Development (LEAD), Sudan LEAD is developing the capacity of literacy teacher training courses operating throughout Sudan’s displaced communities, enhancing women’s opportunities, and the advocacy and networking opportunities of a new national women’s literacy