UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy


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Improved Livelihoods in a Digital World

Information and communication technology (ICT) is fundamentally changing the way people live and work, learn and socialise. But 758 million adults in the world, including 115 million youth, still lack the basic literacy skills needed to enjoy the benefits of increasingly digitised economies and to participate fully in modern society.

A joint project by UNESCO and Pearson, an international education company, will explore new ways to enable low-skilled and low-literate youth and adults to profit from inclusive digital technologies, which in turn will strengthen their literacy and basic skills.

By investigating, documenting, and sharing a number of innovative case studies from around the world – outside of the traditional education contexts and linked with livelihoods, work and social participation – the project will develop guidelines for creating more inclusive, accessible and usable digital solutions and policies with the ultimate goal of helping close the global literacy gap by 2030 and meeting a major commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Planning of project outcomes

  • 3rd batch of case studies: 26-30 March 2018 (Mobile Learning Week)
  • Guidelines for inclusive digital solutions: 8 September 2018 (International Literacy Day)

Request for input on Guidelines for Digital Inclusion

UNESCO is currently seeking input from the public on the draft Guidelines for Digital Inclusion. Please consider providing feedback.

More information

Contact us at ICTliteracy@unesco.org