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UNESCO’s Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database

LitBase, UNESCO’s Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database, offers more than 200 comprehensive case studies on effective youth and adult literacy programmes from more than 70 countries. Many of the educational programmes featured on LitBase focus on developing literacy and numeracy. LitBase was created in response to the demand for examples of effectively designed and executed programmes to serve as models for the development of new and improvement of existing literacy initiatives. It also fulfils a demand for collecting and disseminating information on effective or promising literacy programmes for youth and adults. Moreover, the case studies are an important source of information for researchers and policymakers alike, helping the former to identify current trends and challenges in the fields of literacy and numeracy, and the latter to promote literacy and basic skills as the foundation of lifelong learning.

All case studies on LitBase are available in English and French, with new case studies added on an ongoing basis. The LitBase team is currently working on making the case studies available in other UN languages, too.

LitBase related Publications

Cover Fostering a Culture of Reading and Writing Published in 2017
Fostering a Culture of Reading and Writing: Examples of Dynamic Literate Environments
LitBase multilingual Published in 2016
Literacy in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts: Effective Approaches to Adult Learning and Education
Learning Families Published in 2015
Learning Families: Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning
Transforming Our World Published in 2015
Transforming Our World: Literacy for Sustainable Development
Harnessing the Potential of ICTs Originally published in 2014
Harnessing the Potential of ICTs: Literacy and Numeracy Programmes Using Radio, TV, Mobile Phones, Tablets and Computers
Narrowing the Gender Gap Originally published in 2013
Narrowing the Gender Gap: Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes