10th Anniversary Kigamboni Community Center (KCC) in Dar es Salaam Tanzania

Since 2007, The Kigamboni Community Center (KCC) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, has been addressing local poverty and health issues by providing quality education to underprivileged children, offering a second chance to those without access to public education.
This year 2017 it’s KCC’s 10 years anniversary. So KCC had its anniversary celebrations from 1-5 of August 2017.

I participated in this event, accompanying Yvonne Welzen, coordinator of one of the sponsors, Wings of Support, I am very glad I was there, KCC does a very good job and organized a great anniversary. Thank you, KCC.

This was the program.

Kigamboni Community Centre founded in the year 2007, up to this year 2017 it’s KCC’s 10 years anniversary. So we will have anniversary celebrations from 1-5 of August 2017.  We’ll do workshops for 70 kids per school, One day workshops for each school. So total 280 kids for 4 schools. Goal is to the raise awareness, and get new recruitments. Also, we anticipate to strengthen the partnership with local schools.
During workshops, KCC groups of former graduates will perform. Lunch and soft drinks to be provided to kids
At the end of each day’s session there will be performances, to show skills acquired and this might reveal new talents.
Each participant will be offered a certificate of participation on the final day of celebration (Saturday 5th). Schools will be offered a certificate. All these activities will be from 1ct of August to 4th of August.

 

 

4th of August evening after the workshops at kcc, there will be Dinner. Fund raising Dinner. Where KCC volunteers, local companies, Organizations, government officials and individuals are invited.

On 5th of August there would be Public Event at Swala fields, We’ll do performance and other displays. Your welcome 🙂

 

 

The 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.

UNESCO International Conference on ‘Literacy in a digital world’

On September, 8 the UNESCO International Conference on ‘Literacy in a digital world’ takes place at the UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.
I’m honored to be invited to attent this conference, as  a representative of Elinet and as an expert on digital literacy.

Objectives of the International Conference

  • Definition: To deepen our understanding of what kinds of literacy skills people need to thrive in a digital world.
  • Practice: To share and analyze promising programmes that advance literacy in a digital world.
  • Risks and responses: To better understand the emergent risks – such as inequality, privacy concerns and threats to diversity – and develop associated responses in promoting literacyin a digital world.
  • Monitoring and assessment: To explore digital developments for monitoring and assessing literacy, both nationally and regionally, including new opportunities presented by big data.

On the same day there is the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes Awards Ceremony, which I will attent too.

One day earlier 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’m invited to participate in this meeting as an observer.

New Elinet Association & Thematic Working Group Digital Literacy

This post is bilingual,  English & Nederlands

Elinet, de European Literacy Policy Network, heeft op de 20th European Literacy Conference, besloten te veranderen van een instituut waarvan alleen ‘legal bodies’ lid waren in een Elinet Association, waar individuele experts de belangrijkste leden zijn.
Ik ben gevraagd lid te worden van de Thematic Working Group (TWG) Digital Literacy.  ” Full members are individuals working in the area of literacy. They have a vote at the annual General Assembly (GA) and are eligible for the (EC).  Bekijk hier de doelen en plannen.

Go English version

De website van Elinet zal binnenkort worden aangevuld met informatie over het symposium in Madrid.  De visie van Elinet is “that everyone in Europa shall be literate. The term ‘literacy’ covers all forms of reading and writing (written communication) in print and digital media.” In Elinet werkt een grote groep Europese landen samen om dit doel te bereiken. Ook publiceerde Elinet een European Declaration of the Right to Literacy. Elinet heeft, met subsidie van de EU vanuit het Lifelong Learning Programme onderzoek gedaan.

Ik was een van de founding members (en de enige founding father). Het is een nieuwe en veelbelovende uitdaging. Ik hou jullie op de hoogte.

 

 

 

 


English version

On the 20th European Literacy Conference, Elinet,  European Literacy Policy Network, had his own symposium. On July 5th, Elinet changed from an institution were only legal bodies were members into an Elinet Association, were individual experts will be the preferred members. Full members are individuals working in the area of literacy. They have a vote at the annual General Assembly (GA) and are eligible for the executive committee (EC). Look here for more details  

 

I was invited to become a member of the Thematic Working Group (TWG) Digital Literacy. I’m glad to contribute to this working group.

The vision of Elinet is “that everyone in Europa shall be literate. The term ‘literacy’ covers all forms of reading and writing (written communication) in print and digital media.” There is a large group of European countries collaborating in Elinet. Elinet published the European Declaration of the Right to Literacy.and did research with grants from the European Union,  Lifelong Learning Programme.
The Elinet website will be updated soon and give all the information about the new association and the symposium in Madrid.

I was one of  the founding members of Elinet Network (and the only founding father). Its a new and promising challenge. I keep you informed.

The European Literacy Trail at 20th European Conference on Literacy

Since 1991 I’m a member of IDEC and ILA. So I want to share some information on this also on my personal edublog and sometimes I crosspost some information on activities here from the IDEC website  were I am the postmaster too.  Here more information on the 20th European Conference on Literacy, which takes place in Madrid from tomorrow and were I am now. I write this in English, showing my good will to my international friends.
The European collaboration goes way back. This is the 20the European Conference on Literacy, so 40 years of networking for literacy. See the beautiful poster. Since the European associations organized all these conferences each organisation wrote a report about their history. Look at the reports at  the history of each the associations. And we made a beautiful poster out of this. Look at it and marvel.


 

 

20th European Conference on Literacy History European Associations IDEC

Next week the 20th European Conference on Literacy starts in Madrid.  We are very proud of this. I’m involved in the organizing committee and one of the highlighted rapporteurs, leading round table discussion on digital literacies. I also have a workshop on this topic.
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 of these associations.
If you are interested in our history, you can read the historical overviews here.  We are interested in your comments.
We will also make a beautiful poster out of this. I will share this with you in this post very soon.


 

Election Bernadette Dwyer as the new Vice President of the ILA

From a international, European, perspective we are very happy for the election of Bernadette Dwyer from Ireland as the new Vice President of the ILA.
I, a long standing IDEC member, have not discussed this yet with the other IDEC members and so write this as a private person, but I’m sure I’m not the only one, who feels this way.

Let me know and write a comment.

CALL FOR PAPERS Literacy Association of Ireland 41st International Conference

Literacy Association of Ireland
41st International Conference
Marino Institute of Education, Dublin
October 5th-6th 2017

LAI invites proposals for papers, workshops and poster presentations for its 41st annual international conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Perspectives on Literacy: Bringing voices together.
The conference will explore research and practice across a wide range of topics relating to literacy across all educational sectors (early childhood, Primary, Post-Primary, tertiary and educational services).
Cuirtear fáilte faoi leith roimh pháipéir nó cheardlanna i nGaeilge.

DATE (for all presentations)                    6th October 2017
KEYNOTE SPEAKER                                PJ Lynch. Children’s Laureate, Illustrator, Author

PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS
Proposals for papers or workshops (150-300 word abstract) should be submitted by June 12th, 2017, using the electronic form at www.literacyireland.com
Queries by e-mail to LiteracyIreland@gmail.com
Please watch our website for ongoing updates and follow us on Twitter @LiteracyIRL

De Literacy Association of Ireland is lid van het International Development in Europe Committee van de International Literacy Association en van de Federation of European Literacy Associations. Van beide professionele netwerken ben ik ook lid.

Vilnius, Conference Literacy in the digital Age

Op 20 januari 2017  was ik aanwezig op de Conferentie Literacy in the digital Age in the Lithuania National Library in Vilnius, Litouwen en mocht daar een keynote geven. Hier deel ik de presentaties. Zie de links. Kom regelmatig terug voor de aanvullingen.

CONFERENCE: LITERACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th, 2017
The Lithuania National Library, Vilnius

10.00-12.00     Plenary session (simultaneous translation)Chair: Daiva Penkauskienė

12.00-12.30     Coffee break

12.30-14.00     PARALLEL SESSIONS

I. Literacy and special needs education: different approaches and perspectives. Moderator Rūta Kačkutė 

II. Reading promotion in the Digital Age. Moderator Rūta Elijošaitytė-Kaikarė

  • Juli-Anna Aerila. Helping children enjoy reading.
  • Silvija Tretjakova. Reading Promotion in Latvia: developing a comprehensive multi-level literacy program.
  • Natalya Kurikalova. Education and reading programs for children undergoing long-time treatment in hospitals.

 III. Literacy in the changing world: challenges and opportunities. Moderator Valentina Dagienė

  • Veronika Rot Gabrovec. Did the earth move for you too? Digital (non)natives, and multimodal folk tales.
  • Elizabeth Broad. Interactive text:  distraction, engagement and understanding.
  • Ana Tymcuk How to help immigrants with Literacy

IV. Teaching Literacy in All Content Area and Life Long Learning. Moderator Daiva Penkauskienė

V. Literacy Teacher Education: effective practices. Moderator Žydronė Žukauskaitė-Kasparienė

 14.00-15.00
Lunch
15.00-16.00
Stand session and coffee
16.00-17.00
Closing session. Introduction Ann-Sofie Selin
Dr. William G. Brozo Boys’ Media as a Resource in Their Own Literacy Development

 

Key notes & Presentations 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference

Ik ben lid van de IDEC (ook vertegenwoordiger van Nederlands daarin) en Fela (idem). In Augustus was ik op de 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference in Turku, Finland. Ik deel even een blog dat ik heb geschreven voor de IDEC-site. Een eerste reeks key-notes en presentaties. Zie het origineel op de IDEC site, dat nog zal worden aangevuld.

The 3rd Baltic Sea – 17th Nordic Literacy Conference was a great succes. We will share experiences and photos later. In this blog we will share key notes and some of the presentations. Please download and read. Comments are very welcome.
This post is under construction. More presentations will follow. Please come back regularly.

  1. William G. Brozo Leaving No Boy Behind: Empowering Struggling and Disengaged Male Readers
  2. Sari Sulkunen Literacy – Action for the future
  3. Ariana-Stanca Văcărețu Literacy Projects Romanian RWCT Association
  4. J. McIntosh & T. Campbell Making Writing Irresistible: Inspiring Young Adolescent Writers.
  5. J. McIntosh & T. Campbell Making Writing Irresistible: Inspiring Young Adolescent Writers. List of Literature
  6. Jeroen Clemens Literacy in a digital age: a challenge for language teachers.
  7. Guðmundur B. Kristmundsson How can literacy education prepare young people for becoming an active independent citizen?
  8. William G. Brozo Renate Valtin Sari Sulkunen ELINET: Promoting Best Practices and Policies in Literacy across Europe
  9. Arne Trageton Creative digital writing (6-10 year olds) Writing to Read 1999 – 2016