Literacy initiative for empowerment (LIFE) 2010 – Regional mid-term evaluation: Summary Report

November 23rd, 2015   •   no comments   
Literacy initiative for empowerment (LIFE) 2010 – Regional mid-term evaluation: Summary Report

According to the 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report, in 2008 there were about 796 million illiterate adults worldwide, more than half of them living in South and West Asia, two thirds being girls and women, and another 67 million school-age children that were out-of-school, of which over 26 million residing in Asia and the Pacific.

The United Nations Literacy Decade 2003-2012 has been a major effort to attain literacy for all. The UNESCO Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) programme, launched in 2005 as operational mechanism for achieving the UNLD goals has targeted countries with the greatest literacy needs: 35 nations with literacy rates of less than 50 percent and/or a population with more than 10 million adult illiterates. In Asia and the Pacific, nine countries participate in the LIFE initiative: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

When introduced, LIFE foresaw a mid-term evaluation after 5 years to review the progress and impact of literacy initiatives. As part of their regional technical and advisory support to improve literacy rates, UNESCO Bangkok and UIL conducted a formative mid-term evaluation of LIFE implementation in all 9 LIFE countries in the region to:

    a) assess progress of achieving the EFA literacy goal of 50 percent improvement in adult literacy, elimination of gender gaps in education, and equal opportunities in access to education as they contribute to EFA and MDGs;
      b) review country experience in implementing LIFE and to analyze its impact on policies and strategies adopted by the countries to achieve the literacy goals;


The publication on “Literacy initiative for empowerment (LIFE) 2010 – Regional mid-term evaluation: Summary Report”, published by UNESCO Bangkok, provides a summary of this Mid-term evaluation.

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