Deadline: 29th of August 2013; 12:00
More information you can find on the European Commission website. Most of the following text comes from this EU page.
The High Level Group (HLG) of experts in the field of literacy published its final report in September 2012. Renate Valtin and Greg Brooks, members of IDEC and FELA are members of this group. More information you find here.
In November 2012 the Education ministers adopted Council Conclusions on Literacy. They endorse the main messages from the HLG Literacy report and invite the Commission to establish a European network of literacy organisations.
The European Commission wants to support the establishment of one European policy network to raise awareness, gather and analyse policy information, exchange policy approaches, good practice and promising campaigns and initiatives to promote literacy in light of the Education and Training framework (ET2020) benchmark that the share of low-achieving 15-years olds in reading should be less than 15 % by 2020.
The objectives of this network are to:
- develop country specific knowledge;
- facilitate the exchange of good practice;
- implement awareness-raising initiatives;
- cooperate with other institutions and organisations working in the field of literacy both at national and EU level to promote effective literacy policies.
Renate valtin asked us to help.
Dear IDEC-members, dear friends and colleagues. In the meantime you all have received the Report of the High Level Group of Experts, established by the EU-commission, were Greg and Renate were members. Here is again the link to this document. http://ec.europa.eu/education/literacy/index_en.htm You will notice that in the report there are some projects and best-practice-examples of different nations. In the document three broad categories are differentiated: (1) creating a literate environment, (2) quality of education and (3) participation and inclusion. Each of these categories has only a limited number of practical examples and could be enriched by more examples.
Because of the scope of the report only a few examples have been included. I think it is a good idea to collect and document more projects and positive examples. In agreement with Meeli and people from the European Commission in Brussels I would like to ask you to help me in enriching this report by sending me descriptions of projects carried out in your country. This information should comprise: the name of the project, the reference (best a link to a website) and a short description of the procedures and outcomes. These are two examples in the report:
In the German Land of Schleswig-Holstein, “Reading Empowers” (Lesen macht stark) targeted some of the weakest performing 210 secondary schools in the Land, reaching 40.000 students between 2006 and 2010. The intervention was based on additional individual reading support underpinned by a school-wide reading development strategy and teacher training in early identification of reading difficulties across subjects. An evaluation of the project using comparison groups shows the programme helped many low achieving schools catch up, but for those schools that didn’t improve more effort is needed. Reference: IQSH Institut für Qualitätsentwicklung an Schulen Schleswig-Holstein (2010). Niemanden zurücklassen – Lesen macht stark und Mathe macht stark: Ergebnisse der wissenschaftlichen Begleitung 2010 http://www.nzl.lernnetz.de/lesen/docs/NZL-Bericht_LMS_MMS_2010_web.pdf
In Portugal “The Book Time” programme is designed to stimulate children’s and adolescents’ interest in books, introducing reading, games and other recreational/educational activities with books into classroom activities. The programme promotes children’s and adolescents’ meetings with authors and illustrators, book fairs, competitions and recreational activities based on books. It provides technical orientation on reading promotion and a budget for school libraries to purchase different types of book to be used in classroom reading activities and promote independent contact with books.
Please send Renate (renate.valtin AT t-online.de) examples from your country. And please indicate in which chapter your example belongs (the chapters are numbered). I would be very grateful if you could send your information in the next 6 weeks, so that there is time enough to put all the information together before our Glasgow meeting (and I am sure Greg will help us all in polishing the language, if needed). Hopefully there is some time in Glasgow to discuss the outcome.