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Anglicans plan to develop Regional Strategic Plan
December 28, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Anglican Church in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea will meet in Honiara early next year to develop a regional strategic development plan on literacy for its members.

This strategic plan will be to help guide these countries in implementing their literacy programmes in a well coordinated manner.

Currently, various arms of the Church are running separate and active literacy programmes in these countries, but these lack proper coordination and effective implementation.

In developing this strategy, representatives from these countries will undertake a mapping exercise of all existing literacy programmes, exploring various ways of collaboration and networking, explore gender equity in the literacy curriculum and re-look into issues of reproductive health, hygiene, the environment, economics and other literacy-based programmes.

The Anglican Church hopes this regional strategy will set a new direction for literacy work in the three Melanesian countries in the coming years.

Illiteracy levels in these countries are said to be very high and the church is looking at ways to enhance the capacity of the existing groups to address this.

The programme is organised by the Anglican Board of Mission Australia and hosted by the Church of Melanesia in Solomon Islands. It will run for one week, from 18 to 21 February 2008.