Ton souvenir est comme un livre bien aimé qu’on lit sans cesse et qui jamais n’est refermé
( Your memory is like a well-loved book that one reads incessantly and never closes)
On August 12, 2017 Anne Godenir, died (1964-2017).
We know her as a person who worked very hard to improve adult literacy in the French speaking part of Belgium.
Anne was a good friend, member of IDEC and FELA and the president of the ABLF Association belge pour le lecture – section francophone.
On behalf of IDEC & Fela Jeroen Clemens (Netherlands) and Ariana – Stanca Văcăreţu (Romania) attended the funeral and paid respect to the family. From the ABLF Patricia Schillings and several colleagues were there.
We have lost a very dear friend. Anne, you will always be in our minds.
Our thoughts are with Xavier, her partner, her children and the family and close friends.
In two weeks the 20th European Conference on Literacy starts in Madrid. We are very proud of this.
Since the European associations organized all these conferences we decided at our last meeting to write a 2 page report about the history of each the associations.
If you are interested in our history, you can read the historical overviews here. We are very interested in your comments.
We will also make a beautiful poster out of this.
As President of Spanish Reading and Writing Association (AELE), I am pleased to announce the CALL FOR PAPERS for the upcoming XX European Conference on Literacy 2017 in Madrid, Spain, to be open until December, 18, 2016.
For specific information about XX European Conference, see http://aelemadrid2017.com/en/xx-european-conference/
This edition of European Conference, with the main theme “Working together to encourage equity through literacy communities: a challenge of the 21st. Century“, will be held on July, 3–6. As organizers, we encourage teacher-educators and teachers, researchers, librarians, students, parents, etc. to actively participate in this event by submitting projects, experiences and other theoretical or practical contributions on literacy as “moving target”.
The AELE team inform that this European Conference takes place in parallel with a new edition of Ibero-american Forum “Literacy and Learning” to improve the communication node between cultures and the exchange of experiences and research knowledge.
We are looking forward to your contributions for ORAL PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS, SYMPOSIUMS, ROUND TABLES and WORKSHOPS. Please, see specific information of each type of contribution.
If you have any questions regarding the Call for Papers or the conference as such, please let us know in firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to your contributions and to seeing you in Madrid – 2017, as a speaker and/or a participant!
Kind regards from Spain,
Dyslexia and the growing influence of dyslexia-organizations is a matter of concern in the US.
The official program says: “In this session, two distinguished scholars, one from the United States and one from Germany, will present their perspectives on research relating to dyslexia. Professor Donna Scanlon has done systematic research on children’s reading development and difficulties, particularly dyslexia, for over 35 years and through over $22 million of research grants. ILA has awarded her the Albert J. Harris Award for her research. Professor Renate Valtin is president of the German Society for Reading and Writing. She is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame and winner of ILA’s William S. Gray Citation of Merit for her research, which has also focused on children’s literacy development and dyslexia. ”.
You can see and download the presentations here:
Dear Sir,Do you have a great idea for an innovative European Project on tackling skills challenges? Does it align with the priorities of the New Skills Agenda for Europe?
Whether it is in higher education, school or vocational education and training, adult education, youth or sports, get ready to set up your European project proposal and benefit from EU funding. Skills will be key in 2017!
Pin down Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December 2016 in your agenda! You will get a unique insight in the Commission’s new priority on skills in the 2017 Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programme and meet European partners for your project idea.
Find European partners for your next project on tackling skills challenges
During a project development workshop on Friday 9 December from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm, you can meet potential partners and compose your European consortium for the following upcoming calls for proposals in the field of skills: Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Strategic Partnerships Erasmus+ Key Action 3: Policy reforms Horizon 2020: SwafS-11-2017 Science education outside the classroom or any other Horizon 2020 call related to skills
Or any other call from another programme that fits into the topic “Tackling skills challenges”.
How does it work?
Do you want to submit a proposal as a project leader? Please fill out the form by 16/09/2016. This form should only be completed by potential project promoters who have a clear project idea and who are willing to act as a project leader in one of the three EU-funding calls.
By the end of September 2016, we will distribute your project idea* among potential partners. Interested partners will be able to sign up for the project development workshop until 21/10/2016. An e-confirmation of participation will be sent in the last week of October.
To warm up, you can participate on Thursday 8 December in an afternoon seminar. During the evening network cocktail you will have the opportunity to exchange your views with experts on education and policy officers of the European Commission.
“Skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity. With the right skills, people are equipped for good-quality jobs and can fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens. In a fast-changing global economy, skills will to a great extent determine competitiveness and the capacity to drive innovation. They are a pull factor for investment and a catalyst in the virtuous circle of job creation and growth. They are key to social cohesion.”
Read more in the Commission’s Communication A new Skills Agenda for Europe.Priority competences:
Relevant and high quality competences: key competences – including basic, transversal, entrepreneurial and digital skills.
Social, civic, intercultural competences, media literacy and critical thinking.
Better quality and relevance of skills.
Tools for the assessment of competences.
Effective and innovative teaching and assessment,
Open and innovative methods and pedagogies, in a digital era
Teacher’s, trainer’s and educator’s professional development, visibility and comparability of skills and qualifications, validation and recognition of informal and non-formal learning
Access to training and qualifications, in particular for the low-skilled,
We are looking forward to reading your project idea!
*Please note that this workshop is a partnering event. The organisation can not guarantee that your project idea will be selected for EU-funding. And only the best project ideas can be presented during the workshop on 9 December 2016.
The purpose of the International Literacy Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe is to recognize, celebrate and reward innovative work for reading promotion in Europe carried out by or for a European national reading association affiliated to the International Literacy Association. The IDEC initiated Award is presented at the European Conferences. The first was given in Brussels at the 10th Conference.
For the Award to be presented at the 20th European Conference on Reading in Madrid, Spain, in 2017, nominations shall close onSeptember 1st, 2016. The Chairperson of IDEC 2015-17, to whom applications should be made, is: Renate Valtin, Germany. renate.valtin[at]gmail.com
Registration for the ELINET European Literacy Conference on 21-22 January 2016 in Amsterdam is now open! You will find the registration form and all relevant information on the conference website.
This conference will be a unique opportunity to learn more about how the results of ELINET can support your work. We would love to hear from you and colleagues from across Europe how our research and toolkits can best be used to help improve literacy in Europe.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam!
The organising partners,
Stichting Lezen & Schrijven
In many parts of the world children cannot go to school, because they are to far away from any school. Louis Soriano came up with a very interesting solution, the Biblioburro.
The Biblioburro is a traveling library that distributes books to patrons from the backs of two donkeys, Alfa and Beto. The program was created in La Gloria, Colombia, by Luis Soriano.The biblioburro operates within the central municipalities of the Department of Magdalena, on Colombia’s Caribbean shore. Look at this video and enjoy.
I use the picture of the Biblioburro as a background of this site to remind us that most of us are blessed and many other people have severe problems if it comes to education and also that there are many people who come up with amazing solutions.