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Published: 2013

Community matters: fulfilling learning potentials for young men and women

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The scale of the youth illiteracy problem calls for critical and targeted responses. It is important to help young people in developing countries gain basic literacy skills so that they can contribute to the development of productive, peaceful and democratic societies.

This policy brief argues that while national commitments and support are important, the diverse and complex contexts of young men and women require community-based solutions to providing and practising literacy and life skills. It looks at good practice examples to engage young people in community learning centres, arguing that community learning centres have the following features:

  • strong community ownership;
  • diverse learning provisions and
  • low costs to participate in learning activities
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