CONFINTEA Scholarships - April 2015


Mr Peter Björkman (Botkyrka Library, Sweden) During his stay at UIL, Mr Peter Björkman drafted a case study for LitBase, the UIL database of effective literacy and numeracy practices. For this case study, he collected best practice examples from members of Literacy for All, a European library network that Mr Björkman helped establish in June 2014. Mr Björkman also assisted Ms Lisa Krolak, Head of Documentation at UIL, in revising the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Guidelines for Library-Based Literacy Programs. During his scholarship, Mr Björkman visited various reading promotion programmes in Hamburg as well as libraries and network partners in Berlin, Münster (Germany) and Breda (Netherlands). On his return to Sweden, he continued his work on energizing and expanding the Literacy for All network and gave a presentation on his experiences to his colleagues at Botkyrka Library. Mr Björkman was fully funded by a German Library Association professional exchange programme. Report: My time as a scholar at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Documentation Centre and Library Ms Fatime Pamdegue (Faculté des Lettres, Langues, Arts et Communication, Université de N´Djamena, Chad) Ms Fatime Pamdegue worked on a research project entitled ‘Evaluation des compétences linguistiques: Cas de l´apprentissage due français et langues maternelles dans le systéme éducatif tchadien’. This project explores reasons for pupils’ language difficulties in French and aims to find effective ways of integrating native languages into Chad’s school system. When she returned to Chad, Ms Pamdegue submitted her literature review to her director and visited a range of different schools in N’Djamena, including public and private schools as well as Catholic, Protestant and Muslim schools, in order to collect research data for her study. During these school visits, Ms Pamdegue evaluated pupils’ language ability in French and their native languages. Ms Pamdegue’s next step will be to identify the most effective teaching methods for bilingual language learning. Improving the teaching of native languages will involve ensuring that these methods are adapted to the social environment and language variety of Chad.