UNESCO Education UIL

International Literacy Institute (ILI), United States

Literacy Research Centre

ILI, established jointly by UNESCO and the University of Pennsylvania / Graduate School of Education, was established in 1994. The Institute is involved in literacy training development and organizing conferences with a special emphasis on developing countries. The ILI does not maintain an extensive library but has access to other libraries. Information is isseminated mainly through a literacy website, the ILI newsletter, publications and conferences. The use of new technologies in educational attainment is given special value.

Areas of Specialization:

Information and communication technologies, Language issues, Literacy, Nonformal education

User Profile:

Researchers; policy–makers; practitioners

Contact Information


Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut Street
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104–6216

(+1–215) 898 9803
(+1–215) 573-2115
Contact person:
Daniel A. Wagner

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Daniel A. Wagner
Countries Served:
Working Languages:
English, French


Books and Documents:
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Multimedia materials:
5 videos and 1 CD–ROM
Annual growth of Collection:

Methods of Data Management

Classification System
Methods of Data Processing
Database Software
All recent software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Literacy website

Publications Produced

ILI Newsletter; various books

Special Activities

Training and development in literacy with a special emphasis on developing countries (annual international Summer Literacy Training Programme); building partnerships to foster regional and national centres of excellence (Literacy Training and Development Project for Africa); organizing regional forums on innovations in literacy work (Cape Town, 1995; Manila, 1997; Cairo, 1997; New Delhi, 1998; Dakar, 1998); International Literacy Explorer Training CD–ROM www.bridgestothefuture.org



Studies and Surveys

Several studies and surveys; several books

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

International communication restrictions; language / translation barriers

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Increase technology implementation, in particular developing technological access for users; information networking; CD–ROM training products; statistics database and electronic tutorial for statistics use; increase subscriber numbers to ILI products

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

A third–generation website with name recognition in literacy for providing linkages and facilitating networking can be made available.