Core Education Skills for Liberian Youth (CESLY) helped Liberia’s young people develop the skills and attitudes necessary to progress in the conventional academic system, progress with formal and non-formal livelihood training programs, find jobs, or create their own employment, as well maintain healthy lifestyles and participate in their communities.
Educating girls and women has been shown to boost economic productivity, reduce poverty, and increase per capita income. A number of EDC programs work to broaden girls’ horizons through education and skills building.
Working with academic deans from eight seminaries in the Midwest Association of Theological Schools, EDC recently identified nine major responsibilities of a Roman Catholic priest. The resulting In Fulfillment of Their Mission describes duties that include teaching the faith, celebrating liturgy and sacraments, and leading parish administration.
This project is developing two products for the National Institute for Literacy. The products will be used by schools and other organizations and groups to engage parents with low literacy skills in supporting their children’s (kindergarten through third grade) literacy development through fun, at-home activities. The products include a facilitators manual and parent activity guide. EDC project stasff are working with national literacy experts on the development of the products.
EDC’s Adult Literacy Media Alliance (ALMA) has developed “Health Smarts While You Wait,” a volunteer-based health literacy program implemented in clinic and hospital waiting rooms to help patients improve their health literacy and manage their healthcare more effectively.
The most famous example of the linguistic theory known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is the multiple words Eskimos have for snow. Similarly, Micael Olsson uses the theory to provide insight into his research and collaborations with the Barai people of Papua New Guinea. The Barai have 30 different words for “yam”—one of their staple crops—but only one word for any piece of furniture with a flat surface (i.e., bed, chair, table, bench, desk, counter, and cupboard).
always dreamed of owning his own auto repair shop. He has a knack
for taking things apart, figuring out how the pieces fit together,
and making them work. But when he couldn’t read auto repair manuals,
he couldn’t pass the tests he needed for certification. And when
Farmer realized his reading problems were also interfering with
his ability to help his kids with homework, he decided to take action.
This op-ed, written by EDC’s Cornelia Janke, outlines positive changes taking place in education and community development. Janke directs EDC’s Literacy and Community Empowerment Program in Afghanistan.
How do you reach the 70 million adults in America in need of literacy education when most cannot attend a class because of a job, a lack of transportation, or childcare? If you are the Adult Literacy Media Alliance (ALMA), you tap the popularity of television and develop fun programs with celebrities, athletes and actors to capture viewer interest. You include topics that teach useful skills, like reading a lease or comparing cell phone plans, and you broadcast widely to accommodate non-traditional schedules.
Every other Monday night, in a temporary office located in the Waltham (Mass.) Hospital, a one-of-a-kind Board of Directors convenes. The issues before the board on this night are typical of many social service agencies: the cost of tuition for the workshops they offer; the success of recent outreach efforts; the development of parent councils in the local schools; the new accounting software. But the board itself isn’t at all typical.
This year’s Emmy Award for "Outstanding Educational Programming" went to "TV411," a national half-hour television series that teaches adults basic educational skills. It is the second consecutive year that the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has honored "TV411." Last year, the series garnered an "Outstanding Direction" Emmy for one of its segments.