United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Paris - Literacy as Freedom: a challenge for the 21st century, is the theme of a round-table organized by UNESCO at the Organization's Paris Headquarters on September 9 and 10 as part of its celebrations for this year's International Literacy Day (September 8).

The round table will be divided into two sessions, both open to the public. During the first session (September 9, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room IV), literacy practitioners from Africa, Asia and Latin America will present their experiences. Participants include Munir Fasheh, Director, Centre for Arab Studies, Harvard University ; Dimam Ghebrezghi, Director, Department of Adult Education, Eritrea; Miriam Masaquiza Jerez, Confederacion de Organizaciones Indigenas y Negras, Ecuador; Ila Patel, Institute for Rural Development, India; and Bharati Silawal, UNDP, Nepal. The moderator for this session will be David Archer from Action Aid, a non-governmental organization.

The second session (September 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room IV) will comprise a series of working groups that will explore what " literacy and freedom " means.

In the afternoon of September 10, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the annual UNESCO literacy prizes (4p.m. to 6p.m., Room 1), which this year have been awarded to the Adult Education Division of the Eritrean Ministry of Education, the Literacy and Basic Education Project in Uganda, the Bunyad Literacy Community Council in Pakistan and the Egypt-based Regional Centre for Adult Education.

In a pre-recorded message, Professor Amartya Sen, the 1998 Nobel Laureate in Economics, will consider the central role literacy plays in development. David Douillet, defending world and Olympic judo champion, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Champion for Youth will also be present.


Sue Williams
Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section
Tel: 01 45 68 17 06
E-mail: s.williams@unesco.org

Source Media Advisory No.2002-34
Publication Date 02 Sep 2002
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