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Fostering a culture of reading and writing: Examples of dynamic literate environments

  • September 2017

To mark International Literacy Day on 8 September, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is launching a new publication entitled Fostering a culture of reading and writing: Examples of dynamic literate environments (PDF, 7.8 MB). The compilation features 18 case studies of successful youth and adult literacy programmes, all of which seek to foster rich literate environments within the family, the community or wider society. It demonstrates the critical value of such an approach and advocates its wider adoption against the backdrop of the global agenda to advance literacy.

Today, at least 750 million adults and 264 million out-of-school children lack basic literacy skills. Despite considerable progress in many parts of the world, literacy rates remain a global concern. The achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4.6 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – ‘By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy’ – must be supported by the creation and maintenance of literate environments, which reinforce the literacy learning of young people and adults. The potential of such environments needs to be better recognized and exploited.

The 18 examples of effective educational literacy programmes showcased and analysed in this compilation demonstrate the value of dynamic literate environments and the importance of nurturing a culture of reading and writing, by examining the following four different contexts: digital environments, intergenerational settings, community libraries and prisons. Furthermore, the publication presents a number of promising approaches to cultivating such environments, in the hope of inspiring literacy stakeholders around the world to sustainably engage youth and adults in literacy learning.

All these programmes can also be found in the UNESCO Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase). Hard copies of this compilation will be shared with literacy stakeholders at the International Literacy Day event in Paris on 8 September 2017.

  • Author/Editor: Ulrike Hanemann, Lisa Krolak
  • Fostering a culture of reading and writing: Examples of dynamic literate environments
  • UIL, 2017
  • ISBN
    978-92-820-1217-8
  • Available in: English