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Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU), Japan

Literacy Resource Centres for Girls and Women Network (ACCU–LRC)

The Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) launched the Programme for developing Literacy Resource Centres for Girls and Women (LRC) in 1994. The LRCs, established and managed by the partner organisations of ACCU, function as the resource centers to provide information, education materials, expertise and training for the NGOs, government agencies and various organisations engaged in Literacy and NFE activities. The basic purposes of the LRC are: 1) to collect and provide reference information and materials on Literacy and NFE to other NGOs and field workers, 2) to develop innovative Literacy and NFE teaching-learning materials and strategies, and 3) to provide training opportunities to literacy and NFE workers in various areas. The ACCU–LRC Network promotes the development and improvement of networks from the grassroots to the international levels to effectively learn and share their experiences and resources in Literacy and NFE. As of April 2010, 18 partner organisations in 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific region are serving as the ACCU–LRC Network members.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Lifelong learning, Literacy, Material development, Nonformal education

User Profile:

Literacy and NFE stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific

Contact Information

Address:

c/o Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU)
Japan Publishers Building
6 Fukuro-machi, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 162–8484
Japan

Phone:
(+81–3) 3269 4559, 4435 (Education Cooperation Division, General Affairs Division)
Fax:
(+81–3) 3269 4510
Contact person:
Director, Education Cooperation Division, ACCU
Network Coordinator: Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU)

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
1994
Countries Served:
(18 organisations in 17 countries) Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India (2 organisations in Jaipur and Indore), Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
Working Languages:
English

Collection

Books and Documents:
Information and materials on the status and activities in Literacy and NFE in the region are available in the Asia–Pacific Literacy Database. Availability of materials in each country depends on each LRC.
Multimedia materials:
VHS videos; VCDs; CD–ROMs; Online Database

Methods of Data Management

Classification System
Nippon Decimal Classification
Methods of Data Processing
Manual / Card

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

The Asia–Pacific Literacy Database (http://www.accu.or.jp/litdbase) is a comprehensive database on Literacy and NFE in Asia and the Pacific region. It is managed and regularly updated by the Asia - Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU), with the support from UNESCO Asia–Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL). It provides information on the status of Literacy and NFE in the region such as literacy materials, literacy facts and figures, national literacy and NFE policies, NFE curriculum, list of donor and partner organisations in 20 countries, and ACCU’s regional literacy programmes. It also includes the information on ACCU–LRC Network members and is linked to the webpage of each member organisation.

Publications Produced

Reports on regional / sub–regional workshops for LRCs are published by ACCU. All the publications are available in print format as well as in PDF format through the Asia–Pacific Literacy Database.

Special Activities

LRCs provide information, teaching–learning materials, reference materials, technical support and training for the NGOs, government agencies and various organisations engaged in Literacy and NFE activities in each country. ACCU conducts regional / sub–regional workshops for strengthening the capacity of LRC members.

Networking

The ACCU–LRC Network members promote the development and improvement of networks from the grassroots to the international levels to effectively learn and share their experiences and resources in Literacy and NFE.
The ACCU–LRC Network serves as a member of the UNLD (United Nations Literacy Decade) Resource Team for Asia and the Pacific region, coordinated by UNESCO APPEAL. The ACCU–LRC Network provides technical assistance to activities under the UNLD, at the request of countries in the region.