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  or go tho the website. Please tell your colleagues and friends. Download the programma here

40 jaar actief in het onderwijs / 40 years in education

Op 1 februari 2018 werk ik 40 jaar in het onderwijs, en mijn school had dit onthouden.
Taart, bloemen en praatjes van collega’s en leerlingen. Mooi.





De beschouwing over onderwijs komt wel een keer later.Zie mijn profiel voor meer info.


leerlingen ook taart

de rector had een praatje

Collega Maria ook 40 jaar in onderwijs

Call for Contributions to International ELINET Symposium 2018 “Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation – Inclusion – Equity”.

Call for Contributions to International ELINET Symposium 2018 “Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation – Inclusion – Equity” July 23-24, 2018, Cologne, Germany. For more details on programme click here. Please submit your contribution and a brief CV until March, 30 2018 to


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

The two day symposium will offer various opportunities to share ideas and perspectives on current and future literacy issues around participation, inclusion and equity. The symposium strives to produce outcomes in terms of statements on key-questions for the future, and policy statements. Participants are invited to share their research and good practices and to contribute to

1) Thematic Sessions I & II (contribution of 15 minutes, abstract max. 300 words) for the following topics:
I: Early literacy teaching: Skills, teaching practices and professional development. (Chair: Renate Valtin / Eufimia Tafa)
II: Teaching disciplinary literacy in all subjects – new research and practices (Chair: Sari Sulkunnen)
III: “Make every teacher a teacher of literacy” – new approaches in teacher education and professional development. (Chair: Christine Garbe)
IV: The Effective Integration of Migrants into the Education System: challenges and solutions (Chair: Viv Bird)
V: European Education and Lifelong Learning Networks Round Table: exploring a common agenda and future policy messages (Chair: Viv Bird)
VI: Digital Literacy Frameworks: how to equip citizens with needed skills for the 21st Century (Chair: Fabio Nascimbeni)
VII: Language teaching in the digital age (Chair: Jeroen Clemens)
VIII: International Literacy Assessments: Analyzing the results of PIRLS 2016 (Chairs: William G. Brozo / Gerry Shiel)
IX: The Gender Gap in Literacy: How to engage boys? (Chairs: William G. Brozo / Christine Garbe)
Please note that you are free to suggest additional sections to other topics with four or six contributions (60 Minutes or 90 Minutes)!

2) Poster Sessions “Literacy and participation, inclusion and equity” (Abstract max. 250 word) for
a) Literacy Research Projects
b) Good Practice Projects across all age groups
Selected posters will be publicly exhibited for the duration of the symposium and presenters introduce their project to the audience during two parallel poster sessions (one focussing on research, the other one on good practice) in 3 Min presentations on Monday (16.30 – 17.30).

3) Science Slam (Abstract 250 words)
Participate in the Young Researcher ́s and Professional ́s Literacy Slam competition and win the “Literacy Slam Award 2018” of 1.000 Euro! Present a short and appealing contribution on this topic: ‘Facing the challenge of heterogeneous populations and closing the gaps. How can literacy teaching and learning for all improve the lives and opportunities for marginal groups such as migrants and other traditionally excluded groups?’
In this format we invite YOUNG researchers and practitioners to present their (ongoing or completed) research projects or good practice projects on the above topic in a speech or performance of 10 minutes. A jury will rate your performance and the winner will be awarded with 1.000 Euro. All 6 invited speakers will have the opportunity to participate in the subsequent panel about their topics.

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, Fairfax, VA, U.S
Drs. Jeroen Clemens, Utrecht, 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

University of Cologne, Main Campus, Seminar Building, Albertus- Magnus-Platz 1, 50931 Köln
No conference fees are requested, except a small contribution towards catering. Participants will have to cover travel and accommodation costs by themselves.
Accomodation: The organizing team has reserved rooms in different hotels in Cologne which can be booked individually by participants Details will be communicated on the ELINET platform www.eli- symposium-2018-cologne/
Conference languages: English (in most sections and plenary events), German is possible for some sessions.

Pionier Digitale geletterdheid in het Handboek van Kennisnet

Het Handboek Digitale geletterdheid is op 24 november uitgekomen. Een mooie prestatie van Remco Pijpers en van Kennisnet. Er is geen gedrukte versie (spreekt dit boekdelen?), de digitale versie hier downloaden.
Ik ben trots dat ik genoemd wordt als een Pionier Digitale geletterdheid in hoofdstuk 8 met een mooi interview. En elders in het boek mag ik mijn zegje ook nog doen. De andere twee pioniers zijn Nadia Demaret (schoolleider) over digitale geletterdheid op de vrije school, en de welbekende Patrick Koning (docent mbo) over digitale geletterdheid op het vmbo.

For my English speaking friends. November 24 the Handbook Digital Literacy (Handboek Digitale geletterdheid) was published by Kennisnet, the public organization for Education & ICT. Digital literacy was getting more attention in the last 4 years, but publishing a Handbook by the government is a significant event. A very good accomplishment of Remco Pijpers and colleagues. You can download the digitale version here. There is no printed version available, we are in the digital times 😉
What makes me very proud is to be named as a  Pionieer Digital Literacy. In chapter 8 there is an interview and I’m quoted on several other places in the Handbook. It feels like a reward for working on improving digital literacy for the last decennium. Happy to continue to work with teachers and schools, as a pioneer. There is only a Dutch version of the Handbook. Please brush up you Dutch.

UNESCO International Literacy Day & expertmeeting ‘Literacy in a digital world’

Morgen (8 september) is het International Literacy Day.

Verspreid de informatie. Het is een heel belangrijk doel dat met deze dag bereikt moet worden. Zie hieronder informatie die je kan verspreiden. gebruik je eigen kanalen!
Ik ga naar de bijeenkomst van UNESCO ‘Literacy in a digital world’. Zie ook hier

This year, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. On 8 September, 2017 a global event will be organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.
We would like to provide you with relevant information about literacy and encourage you to visit our ILD website to find relevant publications and resources on literacy in relation to this year’s theme. As every year, UNESCO’s library provides special access to all literacy publications, find more information on the ILD webpage.

Fact sheet on literacy from UNESCO Institute for Statistics
As every year, UNESCO Institute of Statistics provide an updated fact sheet on literacy, an e-Atlas and a specially dedicated webpage for International Literacy Day. We also provide direct access through our ILD webpage to these valuable resources.

Anne Godenir RIP

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 theABLF 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.

This post is crossposted from the IDEC site, from which I am the webmaster 

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 🙂



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.

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.

Elinet New 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.