Livelihood Skills and Functional Literacy via ICT in Sierra Leone: Issues, Actions, Problems and Prospects

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2006-10
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Musa, Olive Babydi
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF4 // The current practice of literacy is being strengthened by the linkage between literacy and livelihood. Literacy is both a basic need and right. The rights-based approach emphasizes the right of learners to access learning opportunities and the obligations of duty bearers to fulfill their obligations to enable learners exercise their right to learn. // The objectives of functional literacy are in consonance with the overall national development objectives with poverty reduction as a key focus. Literacy for livelihood is an effective methodological approach which ensures improvement of learners’ quality of life. A number of functional literacy initiatives in the country reveal that people enroll in literacy programmes because they wish to ‘’learn for livelihood’’. // There is little evidence on the use of ICTs for literacy although, tremendous opportunities exist for the use of radio. A survey revealed that there are 21 FM radios targeting large, albeit, illiterate audiences in the densely populated areas of Freetown, Bo, Kenema and Makeni. // To maximize the use of radio for literacy, learners should be mobilized; organized into learning groups and providers sensitized to the potential benefits which can accrue from the use of radio for literacy. // Paper ID 414
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Sierra Leone
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Africa
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