Mass Literacy Campaigns: A Way Back to the Future?

Spring 2023

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Author(s): Bob Boughton University of New England, Australia

The article explores the historical significance and revival of mass campaigns for adult literacy. It discusses the rejection of this model in the past, examines recent attempts in Timor-Leste and Australia, and highlights the geopolitical reasons behind their challenges.

The article emphasizes the need to revisit mass literacy campaigns as a means to increase adult literacy rates within a specific timeframe. It argues that the current discourse of innovation and neoliberalism marginalizes this model despite its potential for transformative change.

ALE Journal – Volume 5, Issue 2

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