The process for applying to join FELA is very simple.
Those representing organisations which wish to join FELA should note, first, that there are two categories of membership, full and associate; second, these extracts from FELA’s Statutes:
“Membership of FELA is open to any organisation which is concerned with or interested in literacy and has legal personality and legal capacity and whose objectives are compatible with those of the Federation.”
“Membership is institutional, not individual.”
“Full members pay the full membership fee and have a vote at the General Assembly (GA), and their representatives are eligible for election to the Executive Committee (EC).”
“Associate members pay a reduced fee. Their representatives are welcome to attend the GA but are not eligible for election to the EC and have no voting rights.”
If an organisation wishes to apply to join FELA, its representatives should send the FELA Chairperson:
- the organisation’s bylaws/statutes/constitution in the original language;
- a translation of the essential paragraphs of that document into English. The essential paragraphs are those describing the mission/goals/objects/objectives of the applying organisation and
- a letter of application.
The members of the FELA Executive Committee will check the documents supplied for compatibility with FELA’s objectives, mission and goals, as set out in part 3 of its Statutes, which can be accessed here. Provided that is satisfactory, the application is taken to the next FELA General Assembly, with a recommendation that it be approved.