Quality matters: improving the status of literacy teaching personnel
If governments are serious about empowering their citizens to become agents of positive social and economic change, they need to make the quality provision of basic literacy skills a priority. As teaching personnel are vital to ensuring quality in any kind of educational activity, the Belém Framework for Action clearly spells out the need for “improving training, capacity-building, employment conditions and the professionalization of adult educators” (UIL, 2010, p. 9).
But parts of the workforce of adult education, namely literacy facilitators, have been given the least attention. To address this situation, this brief presents the main issues related to the status and working conditions of literacy teaching personnel.