Adult Literacy: A Handbook for Development Workers

This is a book for development workers who have no formal training in adult education or literacy, but find themselves having to respond (as planners, trainers or teachers) to requests for “literacy”. Most of the book is essentially practical: it describes the different stages in planning and teaching a small-scale literacy programme and offers suggestions for the assessment of needs, the evaluation of progress, the use of available materials and the design of new ones for specific situations.

The main purpose of the book, however, is to explore some of the central issues in the debate about the role of literacy in development. The authors draw on their own wide range of experience and that of Oxfam and VSO, for case-studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to illustrate the consequences of introducing literacy – a far from simple activity – to individuals, groups or communities. (Publisher’s abstract)

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