Tuesday, August 4, 2009

UN Literacy Awards

From UN News Centre:
A newspaper produced entirely by women in rural India is among the four winners of this year’s Literacy Prizes awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in recognition of innovative programmes designed to teach women, adolescents and other marginalized populations how to read and write.

The fortnightly newspaper – distributed to more than 20,000 readers in Uttar Pradesh, northern India – is entirely created and marketed by newly literate “low caste” women who are training as journalists.

The award ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 8 September to coincide with International Literacy Day.

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