[Webinar] Literacy and Human Rights in Rwanda (BALID-UNESCO)

WEBINAR - Literacy and Human Rights in Rwanda (BALID-UNESCO)

Literacy has played a big role in human rights in Rwanda. This online discussion will explore the challenges that marginalised groups face when engaging with legal texts as part of the movement to promote human rights and access to justice in the country. Often this information is jargonistic and difficult to interpret. In order to engage individuals with various literacies, Human Rights First Rwanda (HRFRA) uses basic principles of literacy, such as the simplification of legal language, so that it is clearly accessible to the ultimate beneficiaries. In this online discussion, we encourage participants to reflect on how education, awareness and information-sharing have been instrumental in helping to create sustainable equality spaces for communities.

Colleagues from the Human Rights First Rwanda Association Rwanda (@NzovuRuzage, @Brenda, @Louis.Alejandro) will be sharing on successful interventions on using simplified literacy legal texts and language to educate and empower the vulnerable and marginalized groups of the Rwandan community to understand their rights and gain knowledge of the law in a very simplified manner.


Wed, May 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM London


The British Association for Literacy in Development (BALID) partners with the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation at the University of East Anglia to deliver its first virtual Informal Literacy Discussion (ILD)! ILDs have been running since 2011 and are led by literacy practitioners and academics on a range of current ‘hot topics’ in literacy.

BALID is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) promoting adult and family literacy and numeracy as a basic human right, in the context of development. We aim to bring together organisations and individuals who believe that sharing experience about learning and literacy can help enrich workers and citizens in both the industrial and the developing world.

This UNESCO Chair at the UEA programme aims to develop understanding about how adult learning – particularly for women and young adults - can help address inequalities in the poorest communities of the world. Through investigating how or why adult literacy might facilitate or respond to processes of social transformation, including women’s empowerment, the Chair programme sets out to strengthen the interaction between formal, non-formal and informal learning in research, policy and programmes.

More information at: Webinar: Literacy and human rights in Rwanda by UEA UNESCO Chair