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Caricom working towards common framework for literacy survey

Friday, January 17, 2014    

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Education officials and other stakeholders from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) on Wednesday ended a two-day meeting that sought to harmonise the measurement of literacy data in a bid to advance the production of reliable information for better decision-making.

The Caricom Fourth Technical Workshop on a Common Framework for a Literacy Survey under an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Regional Public Goods Project is being conducted in phases with workshops already held in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.

The workshops were designed to familiarise participants with the theoretical and practical aspects of literary assessments and the critical importance of literacy measurement in policy formation.

The organisers said the meeting here was aimed at expanding on the work done so far, focussing on recommendations for the improvement and finalisation of the regional survey instruments as well as other features including methodology, training guides and an interviewer's manual which is expected to guarantee the harmonisation of literacy data collected in the future.

They said that the meeting also discussed the work programme to be undertaken in the third phase of the project. Additionally, member countries are being assisted in conducting at least two literacy surveys expected to produce sound and comparable literacy statistics across the Caribbean Community.

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