Literacy for Women through Community Learning Centres (CLCs)
Illiterate people experience difficulties with simple everyday tasks like reading the newspaper, understanding a traffic sign, or filling in a job application. In the long term, illiteracy often results in the marginalization of low-skilled individuals from active participation in their communities. There is an urgency to address this global issue that won’t easily go away, especially in the most disadvantaged communities to break the poverty cycle
According to UNESCO, there are still 773 million illiterate adults around the world, most of whom are women. It seems we have some serious work to do if we want to eradicate illiteracy.
Women’s literacy is directly linked to the wellbeing of the whole family and the benefits can be extended to the society itself. An educated woman has better maternal health, makes better healthcare and educational decisions for their children but most importantly it helps to make the world a better place. Female empowerment can positively affect economic growth, political participation, health, and sustainable families.
A successful study-case
In Nigeria, where the illiterate population comes up to 51 million, has been implemented the Community Learning Centres (CLCs), a strategy to achieve the SDG4 Goal. These centers have been established in government-owned properties like schools and are managed by community leaders and religious organizations.
All lessons are created with a common goal; improving adult literacy skills for people that do not have access to the formal education system. The activities are based on UNESCO recommendations regarding numeracy, literacy, sanitation and health, community organization & social reconstruction. With the support of organizations such as the Lade-Win Initiative, over 1,300 learners, most of the women, have been benefited from the services at the CLCs.
Other organizations such as the World Literacy Foundation are working to reduce illiteracy rates by supporting children’s education from an early age, including girls. To learn more about their work and impact visit www.worldliteracyfoundation.org