UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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Improved Livelihoods in a Digital World

Information and communication technology (ICT) is fundamentally changing the way people live and work, learn and socialise. But 758 million adults in the world, including 115 million youth, still lack the basic literacy skills needed to enjoy the benefits of increasingly digitised economies and to participate fully in modern society.

A joint project by UNESCO and Pearson, an international education company, will explore new ways to enable low-skilled and low-literate youth and adults to profit from inclusive digital technologies, which in turn will strengthen their literacy and basic skills.

By investigating, documenting, and sharing a number of innovative case studies from around the world – outside of the traditional education contexts and linked with livelihoods, work and social participation – the project will develop guidelines for creating more inclusive, accessible and usable digital solutions and policies with the ultimate goal of helping close the global literacy gap by 2030 and meeting a major commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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On 6 to 8 November UNESCO-Pearson will present its guidelines at mEducation Alliance Symposium in Washington D.C.

UNESCO will present the Guidelines for Digital Inclusion at the event and share them with focal points from other international organizations. Please visit the Symposium website to find out more about this event.

Led by the Mobiles for Education Steering Committee, the Symposium is designed to increase practitioner and policymaker access to relevant information on the appropriate and scalable use of low-cost technologies to improve learning outcomes, principally in low-resource environments and developing countries.

To request an invitation for this year’s Symposium, please email the organizers.