ISBN 9789970029754
Pages 162
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2010
Publisher Fountain Publishers, Uganda
Format Paperback

Everyday Literacies in Africa

Ethnographic Studies of Literacy and Numeracy Practices in Ethiopia

by Alemayehu Hailu Gebre, Alan Rogers, Brian Street, George Openjuru

Everyday Literacies in Africa: Ethnographic Studies of Literacy and Numeracy Practices in Ethiopia is a product of Learning for Empowerment Through Training in Ethnographic Research (LETTER) programme conducted in Ethiopia. It outlines the story of a journey towards a clearer and more focused understanding of what literacy and numeracy mean. LETTER was intended to build more effective learning programmes for adults who wish to develop their literacy and numeracy skills and practices, through designing better learning programmes, preparing more relevant teaching-learning materials and training literacy instructors. This approach was designed on the understanding that adults learn differently from children mainly because adults bring to their learning a great deal of experience and knowledge. It is from this knowledge that facilitators must start.

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About the Authors

Alemayehu Hailu Gebre

Alemayehu Hailu Gebre, Director of the Adult and Nonformal Education Association in Ethiopia (ANFEAE) has many years experience in adult learning and project coordination and management. Alemayehu has a diploma in Agriculture and a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also holds a diploma in Community Development from the International Training Center of Hungary.

Alan Rogers

Alan Rogers is an adult educator based in the UK; he is Special Professor at the University of Nottingham and Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia; formerly convenor of the Uppingham Seminars in Development. He has worked extensively in Africa and Asia and written widely on informal learning, adult literacy and non-formal education.

Brian Street

Brian Street is Professor of Language in Education at King’s College, London University and Visiting Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He has a commitment to linking ethnographic-style research on the cultural dimension of language and literacy with contemporary practice in education and in development. He has undertaken anthropological fifi eld research and been consultant to projects in these fields in countries of both the North and South. He has just been awarded the National Reading Conference’s Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award. He has published 18 books and 120 scholarly papers.

George Openjuru

George Openjuru has a PhD in Adult Literacy Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. He is a Lecturer and Acting Head, Department of Community Education and Extra-Mural Studies, Institute of Adult and Continuing Education, Makerere University. His focus in research is on literacy ethnography.