This paper argues that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) do not directly address the issue of adult basic education and literacy, in spite of these being essential for achieving the Millennium targets. It explores the potential of adult basic education with gender equality to be transformatory for individuals, and for groups working to address key issues, such as gender-based violence, and HIV and AIDS. The role of governments and other key agencies in relation to gender equality and adult basic education is also explored.
The paper outlines a number of recommendations for government which include:
- prioritising adult basic education by developing a policy framework and literacy that is part of an integrated education policy
- working closely with civil society organisations to develop this framework.
The paper concludes with a discussion of how to develop longer-term approaches to gender equality, adult basic education, and literacy. [adapted from the author]