Project 4: Zero Illiteracy Project

Country(ies) involved: Nigeria Children and youngsters supported: 8400

Mobilizing the communities to combat youth illiteracy


Country(ies): Nigeria, Benin, DRC, Uganda.
Children and youngsters supported: 8 400.
Budget: € 492 120.

Many youngsters are still illiterate as they drop out of school before completing primary education, or because they never went to school in the first place. Free basic education is far from being a reality everywhere, and many families can’t afford to send their children to school. In addition, the public literacy programmes are not enough or ill-adapted to the constraints and needs of their targeted audience. Thus enhancing community mobilization for youth literacy trainings is essential to curb the increasing number of illiterate youth in Africa.

The Zero Illiteracy Project (ZIP) aims at reducing illiteracy among 15-24 years old youngsters who are not in school and already at work, and who live in marginalised areas. This 3-year pilot phase consists in setting up an informal literacy training scheme that builds on the contributions of the youngsters themselves, of their community and of the public authorities. The literacy training and “academic upgrading” classes are delivered by “regular” school teachers in addition to their daily classes, and using existing school facilities outside regular class hours. The youngstersand the communities pay for half of the costs of the programme, while the other half is covered by the public authorities or external contributions.


Expected results

– 8 400 youngsters become literate and achieve an learning outcomes equivalent to primary level education
– Youth illiteracy is reduced in the project areas
– The communities are mobilized to implement and promote the scheme
– The public authorities in the 4 countries pay for at least 50% of the programme’s costs and take steps to scale it up

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