Wednesday Lunch Talk — Local Expertise: Teacher and Librarian Literacy Practices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The international development community refers to illiteracy as the scourge of our time. Eradicating illiteracy by spreading Western educational practices has become the goal of countless humanitarian organizations and international agencies. Alicia Van Borssum, a recent Warner EdD graduate, discusses the fallacy of considering literacy/ illiteracy a binary proposition and gives an overview of the poor results of 50 years of international literacy efforts. She presents her study of the existing literacy practices of educators in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and proposes implications of their expertise in literacy education.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
noon - 1 p.m.
Genrich-Rusling Room
LeChase Hall
Light lunch served.  No reservation needed.

Tags: Alicia Van Borssum, international education, literacy, Warner Wednesday Talk