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Title The Power of Literacy: Women's Journeys in India, Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea
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Call Number KAPAL 305.5 BUE T
ISBN/ISSN 81-278-0050-3
Author(s) Mae Buenaventura - Personal Name
Subject(s) WOMEN
Literacy
Classification 305.5
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GMD Text
Language English
Publisher Asian South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
Publishing Year 2012
Publishing Place
Collation 228 hlm; 25 cm
Abstract/Notes This Study is part of the continuing initiative of the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)and its members in strengthening the capacities of civil society organisations and their constituencis toward influencing policies, programs and budgets related to adult education and literacy, focusing speciffically on poor women from socially excluded groups. Most countris, including the poorest among them, have made significant progress in meeting the education for all (EFA) goals as indicated by the consistent expansion of pre=primary education; the dramatic rise in primary and secondary school enrolment; the development of life skills programmes; higher literacy rates especially among the youth; achieving gender parity in primary education in most countries; and more resources invested to improve education quality. A border consensus for innovative approaches, sustained initiatives and bolder actions are needed to decisively address the persisting problem of adult illiteracy especially among vulnerable women. There is apparently poor understanding and little appreciation of the issue of women's illiteracy and its impact on people's lives and social progress. Policies designed specially for women are generaklly weak or virtually non-existent in most countries;progrannes lack resources and suffer from poor implementationsand the push and support from international agencies and donors remain insufficient and unpredictable. Clearly; effort are falling short or simply missing the point. This study hope to contribute to the ongoing discourse on literacy and women's empowerment. A set of recomendations is offered in the concluding section, which discusses the challenge, the policy options, the strategies and the Agenda for pursuing women's literacy programmes to address the problem. Affirmative action and social support are necessary to overcome the economic and socio cultural barriers, which in the first place have kept women from attending school or literacy classes and from acquiring functional literacy. Goals that ensure equity across gender, ethnicity, social classes and wealth status should be set the center of the political agenda for education and literacy.
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