UNESCO and Google cooperate on Literacy ProjectLitcam, Google, and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning Launch “The Literacy Project”
Google and the Literacy Campaign (Litcam), an initiative of the Frankfurt Book Fair, have launched The Literacy Project, a resource for teachers, literacy organizations and anyone interested in the promotion of reading and education.
The web-based project, a collaborative effort between the three organizations and several literacy groups, was launched in conjunction with the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The Literacy Project enables users to access and share literacy resources from around the world - from e-learning videos and books about literacy, to scholarly articles, reading groups, and literacy-related blogs. Visitors can also use the Google Maps function to search for literacy organizations around the globe. The site is available in both English and German.
“Education for All is UNESCO’s first priority. Literacy is at the heart of Education for All and is an issue of vital importance for individuals, families, communities and societies. Literacy and basic education give individuals a chance to succeed, open a world of opportunities, contribute to equality, improve health and economic self-sufficiency. The aim of this site reflects one of the key missions of UNESCO, and in particular of its Institute for Lifelong Learning: to promote literacy, build capacity and enhance access to information about the issue,” said Adama Ouane, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).
“Litcam is excited to have partnered with Google on this site. A global problem deserves a global solution, and we believe that cooperation and the sharing of best practices is key in the fight against illiteracy,” said Karin Plötz, Director of Education for the Future, Litcam.
“Google’s business was born out of a desire to help people find information. It’s exciting to see how literacy organizations and educators are using the Internet to share ideas and information. We hope this site will serve as a bridge to even greater communication and access to important information about literacy problems—and solutions” said Nikesh Arora, Vice-President, European Operations, Google.
The site is available at google.com/literacy
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning