Exploring Literacy Poverty and Sustainability in Higher Education Through Teaching and Learning

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2022)
Title: Exploring Literacy Poverty and Sustainability in Higher Education Through Teaching and Learning
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Parin Somani, Independent Scholar, United Kingdom


A vital contributing factor to sustainability is higher education institutions as they shape individuals into good citizens and future leaders of a nation. It is through educated initiatives that the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved because higher education institutions facilitate the creation of focused approaches to execute SDG objectives. This paper aims to explore how higher education institutions impact sustainability and overcome challenges associated with literacy poverty. A framework is devised to facilitate sustainability through teaching and learning in higher education institutions. A systematic literature review of published and grey literature sources is used within this study. Result have identified that higher education institutions contribute immensely to SDGs one, three, five, eight, twelve, thirteen and sixteen. Individuals residing in developing countries and rural areas with limited or no internet connectivity, hardware or software are deprived of maximum educational opportunities creating an impact on literacy rates, future sustainability, employment opportunities and prosperity, affecting quality of life. For sustainable societal change to occur, specialized teaching pedagogies need to be devised to enhance communication between educators and learners breaking social stigmas. This will increase learning interest amongst students, relatable content focusing on SDGs, integrating cultures and promoting diversity will ensure a rise in literacy rates and sustainability. There is a need for educational institutions to collaborate with governing bodies, stakeholders, and communities to ensure success in this endeavor.

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