‘LETTER’ stands for Learning Empowerment through Training in Ethnographic Research. The aim of LETTER  is to help facilitators and trainers in Adult Literacy to gain first-hand experience of ethnographic-style approaches to existing local literacy and numeracy practices in development programmes, and thus to support and enhance local teaching and learning.

Happy Divali! A woman reading text on a wall in Mehroni, India

LETTER working sessions are usually planned to consist of a series of three one-week training workshops usually about three months apart, with two periods of field work in between. LETTER is not presented as an exclusive alternative to existing adult literacy learning programmes but as an additional resource. See this summary for more information about LETTER. Since October 2012 LETTER has been hosted by BALID, with the on-going support of Prof. Alan Rogers and Prof. Brian Street.

Prof. Rogers and Prof Street have worked for some time with Dr L S Saraswathi, who has dedicated decades of her life to working on literacy issues in the context of rural development in south India. The following papers relating to her work are available by clicking on their titles in this list:

Publications are an essential element of LETTER.  Click here for more information and free downloads of some of LETTER’s recent publications.

Dr Rafat NabiDr. Rafat Nabi, who works with existing local literacy practices in Pakistan and Afghanistan was in London in October 2012 and led one of the BALID Informal Literacy Discussions. Click here for a summary of her presentation and the ensuing discussion.