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International Review of Education

, Volume 64, Issue 4, pp 531–533 | Cite as

Exploring adult literacy and numeracy practices: Ethnographic case studies from Uganda

Edited by George Openjuru, Dave Baker, Alan Rogers and Brian Street. Uppingham Press, Bury St Edmunds, 2016, 125 pp. Learning for Empowerment through Training in Ethnographic Research (LETTER) series. ISBN 978-0-9542114-1-7 (pbk)
  • Fred Gennings Wanyavinkhumbo Msiska
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This is the third book in the Learning for Empowerment through Training in Ethnographic Research (LETTER) series,1 and the fourth in the ethnographic studies of adult literacy and numeracy in developing countries. LETTER, as is explained on the back cover, is a programme designed to improve “the effectiveness of adult literacy and numeracy programmes in development by assisting programme-makers and trainers of adult facilitators to understand different approaches to literacy and numeracy. It is a small-scale programme run by Uppingham Seminars (UK)2 with local partners.”

The book begins with a description of a LETTER programme for adult literacy facilitators and their trainers in the context of Uganda. The LETTER research programme is premised on the principle that all new learning builds on prior learning and therefore for adult literacy/numeracy to be effective, it needs to build on the local existing knowledge, skills and practices of the learners. Eight Ugandan case studies are...

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature, and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Open and Distance LearningMzuzu UniversityMzuzuMalawi

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