International Literacy Day
As students everywhere, from pre-school to postgraduates gear up for the start of the traditional academic year, UNESCO also celebrates “International Literacy Day 2014: Literacy and Sustainable Development” on Monday, September 8. According to UNESCO
Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development, as it empowers people so that they can make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration. Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies. --http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/literacy-day/#sthash.jjo8zGLi.dpuf
There’s much more about the topic of Literacy and Sustainable Development at the site UNESCO, including a downloadable fact sheet and an infographic. There is also information about the one-day conference the Government of Bangladesh in cooperation with UNESCO is holding in Dhaka
, Bangladesh to mark the event. It is an International Conference on “Girls’ and women’s literacy and education: Foundations for sustainable development and the awarding of UNESCO Literacy Prizes” held support for the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative
Archnet joins UNESCO in highlighting the importance of education for sustainable development with this week’s update focusing on education. Archnet iitself is an open access educational resource, available across the world to everyone with internet access. Beyond this education is a theme explored in the resources of Archnet. We have gathered a sampling of some of these resources into a gallery located here
Within the gallery you will find is a collection that deals with Literacy and Training Centers
. These facilities address most directly to concerns of literacy and sustainable development. For example, Deep Shikha Primary School and Vocational Center
is a vocational
training school and literacy center for low-income women and children
that not only directly responds to the issues that the UNESCO Conference plans to consider on September 8, but it is located in the city of Dhaka where the conference will take place. The Lahuji Salve Health Centre
in Aurangabad, India also responds to these
issues. It, however, was not established with an educational mission,
but a healthcare center. It expanded its role because of the unmet need
among the women in was serving.
Scholars point out the tradition of teaching and learning in Islam goes back to the time of the Prophet Muhamad himself, and that he established the first madrasa, or school for teaching Islam. In the Education Gallery, you will find a gallery devoted to the madrasa as a form. From the earliest madrasas patterned after the spaces used at the time of the Prophet, these schools have developed to have distinct forms depending on region, ruling dynasty, and what was being taught. Archnet's collection contains examples from the 8th century onward. This collection
gathers a sampling of these buildings, as well as images, videos and scholarship about madrasas.
Some of the earliest institutions of higher education were in the Muslim world as well, including al-Qarawiyyin
in Fes and al-Azhar
in Cairo existed before their most famous counterparts in Europe such as Oxford or the Sorbonne. The Higher Education Collection
gathers a sampling of media and scholarly resources dealing with higher education from these earliest institutions to the institutions that are seen as design models today. The Schools Collection
looks at school design especially as it responds to some of the more intransigent issues societies face. There are examples like the Primary School at Gando
in Burkina Faso are built with a concern for sustainability and environmental impact, and the Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School
in Herat, Afganistan an example of school design for war-torn areas. The Libraries Collection
looks at libraries at all levels of education, as well as community libraries, religious libraries, and more. As the role of the library continues to change, so the structures need to change, too.
The gallery also contains a sampling of the video, images and scholarship on education from Archnet.