Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond: The role of educators and changing pedagogies (Day 2)

When :

from Wednesday 30 September, 2020
to Thursday 1 October, 2020

Manager :

Mamadou Lamine Sow /

Type of event :

Programme Meeting

Where :

Online from Abuja, Nigeria

Contact :

Magdalene Anene-maidoh /

Within the framework of marking the International Literacy Day (ILD) 2020, the UNESCO Regional Office Abuja is organizing two virtual regional workshops on the importance of innovative youth and adult literacy programs in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond and on the contextualization of the UNESCO Strategy for Youth and Adult Literacy in countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The workshops will be organized in collaboration with UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), with support of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Hamburg and the UNESCO Regional Offices in Dakar, Harare, Nairobi and Yaoundé.

The workshops will provide an opportunity for UNESCO to facilitate policy discussion on the impact of Covid-19 on youth and adult literacy and to share the Strategy with focal persons responsible for literacy in the countries of the region with a view to supporting them in the domestication and implementation of the strategy at country level.

Two webinars are planned:

Day 1 - Wednesday, 23rd of September 2020: Policy Dialogue on innovative methodologies for youth and adult literacy programmes in the midst of the pandemic and beyond, and the role of educators

Day 2 - Wednesday, 30th of September 2020: UNESCO Strategy on Youth and Adult Literacy (2020-2025)



i) To enhance understanding about the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on teaching and learning of youth and adult literacy, and educators, and to reflect on reimagined teaching approaches in times of the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

ii) To increase awareness of the need to reinforce support for educators and their professionalization in promoting youth and adult literacy towards the achievement of the SDG4 in its totality. 

iii) To raise awareness of the new UNESCO Strategy for Youth and Adult Literacy (2020-2025) in member countries in sub-Saharan Africa;

iv) Identify measures for mainstreaming the new Strategy in the educational plans of countries;

v) Promote the use of digital technologies to expand access to literacy learning opportunities, including for disadvantaged groups;

vi) Stimulate the interest of literacy educators to use digital technologies in the delivery of literacy programmes; and

vii) Facilitate knowledge sharing across countries.