Press Release International ELINET Symposium Köln

I hope to see you July 23 in Cologne on the International Elinet Symposium. I will be the co-chair Digital Literacy. Please share the press release with your friends and colleagues.
Tot ziens in Keulen op 23 juli op de interessante conferentie van Elinet, waar ik co-chair Digital Literacy mag zijn. Deel deze oproep met je vrienden en collega’s.  

Press Release (download press release in PDF in English or German)
The European Literacy Policy Network Association organizes the second International ELINET Symposium: “Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation – Inclusion – Equity” on 23./24. July at University of Cologne

“Literacy is an essential prerequisite for all kinds of learning and human development. It enables people to live full and meaningful lives, and to contribute towards the enrichment of the communities in which we live. By literacy we mean the ability to read and write at a level whereby individuals can effectively understand and use written communication in all media (print or electronic), including digital literacy. In the knowledge-based societies of the 21st Century, the rapid spread of new technologies and a constantly changing work environment, literacy learning is no longer limited to childhood and adolescence but must be recognised as a lifelong need and requirement.

In Europe one in five 15-year-olds and nearly 55 million adults lack basic literacy skills. Not only does this make it difficult for them to find a job, it also increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion, limiting opportunities for cultural and civil participation, lifelong learning and personal growth. The European Commission recognises that there has been little improvement in literacy in the last 15 years. The two day symposium will offer various opportunities to share ideas and perspectives on current and future literacy issues around participation, inclusion and equity.” (From the Call for Proposals)

 

 Participation is free. Registration until 16th of July 2018.
More information on www.eli-net.eu

ELINET (the “European Literacy Policy Network”) sees itself as a think tank and coordinator of a European literacy policy. The network was founded in February 2014 and financed for two years with three million euros from the European Commission.

Under the coordination of University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, Institute for German Language and Literature II), the project brought together 80 partners from 28 European countries involved in literacy projects and research, including: existing literacy networks, associations and organizations (such as UNESCO), education ministries, foundations, non-governmental organizations, research centers and teacher education institutions. A central European Literacy Platform has been set up at www.eli-net.eu , where thirty Literacy Country Reports, over 100 good practice examples and many tools and recommendations for reading and writing promotion, awareness raising and fundraising have been made available. All information is available free of charge.

Following international conferences in Vienna (2014), Budapest (2015) and Amsterdam (2016) as well as the first International Symposium in Madrid (2017), the network is now giving its first glimpse into its work in Germany. During two days, over 80 contributors from 20 countries will present their research and practice projects on “Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation, Inclusion and Equity”. As in the project period, ELINET is also keen to present examples of good practice and relevant educational programs in the field of reading and writing for all age groups; we will pass on international impulses to nationally and regionally active researchers and practitioners. The conference language is English.

The aim of the symposium is to draw attention to the great challenges of the 21st century in securing a basic standard of literacy for all citizens of Europe and to present ways of tackling this challenge. The symposium provides a platform for exchange among educational policy makers, researchers and practitioners on the effective development of European, national and regional literacy programmes.

The opening lectures on both days will focus on Literacy and language learning in multilingual European societies (Kristina Cunningham, EU Commission, Brussels) and on Literacy, citizenship and digital technology – policy perspectives and practices in Europe and beyond (Janice Richardson, International Advisor for Literacy, Luxembourg).

  • Thematic sections will be offered to the following topics:
    Language, literacy and professional development in preschool education
  • Teaching disciplinary literacy in all subjects – new research and practices
  • Digital literacy policies and frameworks
  • The gender gap in literacy: How to engage boys?
  • Adult literacy programmes. New practices and perspectives
  • Instructional methods in early literacy teaching
  • Make every teacher a teacher of literacy: New approaches in teacher education and professional development
  • Digital literacy and language teaching.

Furthermore, there will be a research poster session and three sections with examples of good practice. In two round table discussions, international experts will discuss the topics “Literacy policies in Europe – examples of successful national programs” and “International literacy assessments – implications for literacy curriculum development and policy“.

Detailed abstracts and biographical information on the speakers can be found on the ELINET website: http://www.eli-net.eu/events/elinet-association-symposium-2018-cologne/ , where you can also download the entire program.

Registration (for catering and network participation) is open until 16 July; there are no participation fees and participation in individual events is possible without registration.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, Universität zu Köln  Christine.garbe@uni-koeln.de

 

Registration International ELINET Symposium 2018 is open

International ELINET Symposium 2018 “Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation – Inclusion – Equity
You can download the conference programme in color or in black & white.
To register for the conference please visit the symposium page on the Elinet website. Here you can download the registration form and send it to gross-projects[at]web.de until July 12th 2018.

There will be no conference fees. Participants will only have to cover travel and accommodation costs by themselves. We hope to see you all.

ORGANIZER
ELINET Association (European Literacy Policy Network) & University of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, Chair of ELINET Association; University of Cologne, Germany
Viv Bird, ex Chief Executive of Booktrust, UK
Prof. Dr. Patricia Schillings, University of Liège, Belgium
Dr. Sari Sulkunen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Prof. Dr. Eufimia Tafa, University of Crete, Greece
Prof. Dr. Renate Valtin, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. William G. Brozo, George-Mason-University, USA
Drs. Jeroen Clemens, Windesheim University for Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Dr. Fabio Nascimbeni, Universidad International de la Rioja, Spain
Dr. George Manolitsis, University of Crete, Greece
Prof. Dr. Gerry Shiel, St. Patrick ́s College Dublin, Ireland

 

Literacy Slam Award at the International ELINET Symposium 2018 and Reminder Call for Proposals

The International Elinet SymposiumJuly 23-24, 2018, Cologne, Germany gets even more interesting. And the deadline for proposals has been extended to April 30th. 
Participate in the Young Researcher´s and Professional´s Literacy Slam competition and win the “Literacy Slam Award 2018” of 1.000 Euro! More info here.
And a Reminder for the Call for Contributions online for the International Elinet Symposium. You can submit your contribution and a brief CV to communication@eli-net.eu  or go tho the website. Please tell your colleagues and friends. Download the programma here

UNESCO Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL)

As mentioned in an earlier post  on 7 September the Core Group of the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL) will hold a one-day meeting. I will participate in this meeting as an observer.
For those of you who are not familiar with the GAL some information.

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, one of UNESCO’s specialist institutions with a core mandate for literacy and lifelong learning, has been asked by UNESCO to lead the consultation process for establishing the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL). As literacy will play a direct or indirect role in achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), GAL aims to help Member States make accelerated progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Alliance, which will be composed of experts and representatives of UN and government agencies, donors, national and international non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, will work towards improving literacy for sustainable development through concrete action and tangible outcomes.

Reasons for establishing GAL

The international community recognizes literacy as an ‘indispensable foundation for independent learning’ in the Education 2030 Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action. ‘A world with universal literacy’ is also a key part of the vision set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The Agenda’s target for literacy is ‘to ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy’ by 2030 (Target 4.6). GAL aims to help Member States achieve this ambitious target.

Challenges for GAL

GAL will encourage policy coherence and take action to promote the mobilization of resources, the availability of high-quality and timely data through improved assessment and monitoring, the effective utilization of information and communications technology, and the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships at regional and national levels. Furthermore, GAL will be transversal in three ways: across age (from early childhood through to adulthood); across languages and cultures (with special attention paid to gender, diversity, inclusion and empowerment); and across sectors (such as education, health and sanitation, agriculture, environment and climate, employment and industry, and urbanization and migration). In short, GAL will stimulate and promote collaborative programmes that connect literacy with the sustainable development agenda within a lifelong and life-wide approach.

GAL will be shaped by Member States and development partners as an effective platform for sustained action at all levels. Some promising pathways include:

  • fostering innovation and the creative use of technology;
  • supporting decentralized, community-managed learning centres;
  • promoting literacy assessment practices that enhance learner motivation and improve programmes;
  • placing an emphasis on using literacy and numeracy skills in daily life; and
  • offering a large menu of options in different languages to address diverse learning needs.