Halfway to Global Action Week 2009: Lifelong Learning
Within the framework of mobilizations, a big book will contain stories on how reading and writing can change people’s lives.
September 30, 2008
|Action Week 2008 in Chile
The Global Campaign for Education recently announced the dates for the next edition of the Global Action Week: 20-26 April 2009. On those days, countries all over the world will mobilize around the theme: “Youth and Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning”
The Global Action Week (GAW) is coordinated by the Global Campaign for Education, an international coalition that gathers civil society organizations and works to achieve the Education for All (EFA) goals set in Dakar in 2000.
Halfway to 2015, target date for achieving the EFA goals, there is still a long way to go. It has been proved at international level that out of the 6 EFA Goals, the goal on literacy is the most neglected one, as most education programs have focused on primary education.
According to the most recent data submitted by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) - and which, according to the organization itself, are likely much lower than the real numbers- there are 774 million illiterate adults in the world. The main victims are women, who represent approximately 64% of the total, and the population of the least developed countries.
The Big Read
In order to denounce the above mentioned situation and emphasize on the need to achieve the goals, a story book will be made during the GAW 2009. Written by some of the most prestigious authors and education advocates in the world, the stories will focus on how reading and writing impacted on their lives, and how this could change the lives of millions of people if the commitments to education were fulfilled.
The stories will be a mix of fiction, personal experiences about the impact of education on people’s lives, and interviews with illiterate children and adults. After translating it to local languages, that material will be sent to GAW participants, who will have the opportunity to add other stories of authors and education advocates widely-known in their respective countries.
The ending of the story book will ask people to add their names and messages to affirm the importance of reading and writing. The Global Campaign for Education encourages national coalitions to help those people who cannot read and write by reading them stories and asking them if they would like their names to be added so as to acknowledge the importance of reading and writing. Later, those messages will be sent to local policy makers and politicians in each country.
Open Books, Open Doors
The Global Campaign for Education calls to organize a national highlight event during the GAW, under the slogan “Open Books, Open Doors”, and encourages national coalitions to persuade Assemblies, Parliaments and other relevant buildings and headquarters of political parties to open their doors to adult learners.
Schools and local groups can invite policy makers to a gathering where the reading of the book will be done and then hand over the book and collected signatures; furthermore, they can encourage people to re-write the ending of the story book by means of writing contests, for example, and deliver their own stories and the list of supporters of the book to politicians.
Gathered around the issue of literacy, coalitions can also carry out a series of activities such as writing a song, collecting case studies, selecting spokespersons, compiling local stories on literacy; or perhaps interviewing and photographing children, young people and adults who do not know how to read and write, drawing cartoons or writing stories on how their parents and friends’ lives would be if they could read and write, with the aim of sensitizing politicians and the media on the issue of literacy and the Dakar goals.
Read more about the Global Action Week here.