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Fresh hope for literacy?

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A colloquium on Literacy for Life, the theme of the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2006, 24th January, Central London

The UK National Commission for UNESCO

Fresh Hope for Literacy?
A critical reflection on
Literacy for Life, EFA Global Monitoring Report 2006

Tuesday 24th January 2006
The British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN

‘ today’s world, an estimated 771 million adults live without basic literacy skills. This is not only a denial of their right to education, but a brake on all development. A large majority of these adults are women. Most are kept at the margins of society, without the tools to improve their lives, to make informed choices and to have a voice in running their societies.’ Koichiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO, 9 November 2005.

This Colloquium is about Literacy for Life, the theme of the Global Monitoring Report 2006. It will provide a forum in which Nicholas Burnett, Director of the GMR team, will introduce the report and its findings, and participants will be able to discuss its implications for policy, planning, practice and research. Those taking part will be drawn from agencies, NGOs, universities and government departments. Specialists, well known for their work in literacy, will respond to the Report and will act as facilitators. A copy of the GMR 2006 can be found at

This Colloquium is the second of two Literacy events following the launch of the GMR 2006 on 9 November 2005. It is distinguished by the presence of the GMR Director and his team who will lead an informed discussion of the report.

Fees: Attendance at the Colloquium including a full copy of the report and, subsequently, a volume of published papers
(a) £60 for non-members of BALID and UKFIET
(b) £45 for members of BALID and UKFIET
(c) £30 concessionary rate to students
Places must be booked in advance

Enquiries and application forms:
Isabelle Emcke. Email Tel. 0207 426 5849
Thelma Henderson. Email Tel. 024 7663 9841

This Colloquium is sponsored by the Department for International Development.


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