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Learning Together Across Generations
Guidelines for Family Literacy and Learning Programmes
Published 2017
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Pages 143
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This resource pack offers an introduction to the concepts of ‘family literacy’, ‘family learning’ and ‘intergenerational approaches to learning’ as well as relevant guidelines for setting up and piloting a family literacy and learning programme, and examples of materials and tools. It is developed for stakeholders – mainly in sub-Saharan Africa – who are interested in piloting a family learning programme. Family literacy and family learning are approaches to learning that focus on intergenerational interactions within families and communities. This, in turn, promotes the development of literacy, numeracy, language and life skills. Family learning recognizes the vital role that parents, grandparents and other caregivers play in their children’s education. Furthermore, it values and supports all forms of learning in homes and communities. It seeks to break down artificial barriers between learning in different contexts: in formal or non-formal settings in schools or adult literacy courses, on the one hand, and in informal home and community environments, on the other. Very often, the desire to help children with schoolwork motivates parents or caregivers to re-engage in learning themselves and improve their own literacy, numeracy, language and other basic skills. For this reason, family literacy and family learning initiatives support adults, whose own education has been limited for various reasons, in helping their children with learning. The focus of family literacy and family learning is therefore on both children’s and adults’ learning. The authors hope that the experience of piloting intergenerational approaches to learning in the African context will contribute to the enrichment of family learning in other regions. Community-based approaches to learning are deeply rooted in the African context, as is the value of indigenous knowledge and traditions.
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ISBN: 928201214X
Thank you to UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
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