Monday, October 09, 2006

UNESCO, Google and Litcam launch The Literacy Project

The Literacy Project, a web-based resource for teachers, literacy organizations and anyone interested in the promotion of reading and education, was launched in conjunction with the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 4th, 2006.

The Literacy Project enables users to access and share literacy resources from around the world - from e-learning videos and books about literacy, to scholarly articles, reading groups, and literacy-related blogs. Visitors can also use the Google Maps function to search for literacy organizations around the globe. The site is available in both English and German.

The aim of this site reflects one of the key missions of UNESCO, and in particular of its Institute for Lifelong Learning: "to promote literacy, build capacity and enhance access to information about the issue", said Adama Ouane, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).

Google has already invited academic communities all over the world to join the initiative. They can do that by uploading different educational projects, in video or written form.


Ridhi said...

Hello Corinne! mY name's RIdhi...i work wiht an NGO callled COmet Media FOundation in Mumbai, India. We are trying to set up a New Media Institute with 33% reservation for the underprivileged...the aim to make socially aware media makers...and also to make the underprivileged media makers adn service providers to their own community...any suggestions...we are finding it really hard as of now...faculty wise, fund wise, seems like a dream now...please respond

Corinne Ilgun said...

Hello Ridhi,

Thank you for your interest in our blog. Your project seems quite interesting! You may want to visit our posting in the Science and Communications section: “Research publication and CD-ROM on editorial independence and the media in Asia now available”:

The article has a couple of links that may be of interest to you re your questions. The posting also gives you the option of being redirected to UNESCO’s International Program for the Development of Communications (IPDC) portal:

For more specific inquiries, you may want to get in touch with UNESCO staff at
* the IPDC Secretariat:

or at
* UNESCO's Communications and Information Sector:

Hope this helps!