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.
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.
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
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.
Sinds de jaren ’90 ben ik betrokken bij de International Literacy Association. Ik ben ook de vertegenwoordiger van Nederland in de IDEC (International Development in Europe Committee). Hierin werken 30 Europese landen samen aan het verbeteren van geletterdheid in Europa. Een van de projecten waar IDEC bij betrokken is, is ELINET. Elinet is opgericht in february 2014 en “unifies 77 partner organisations from 28 European countries (including 24 EU member states) engaged in literacy policy-making and reading promotion in Europe”. Elinet heeft een European Declaration of the Right to Literacy ontworpen. Daarover hieronder meer informatie.
In Europe we face serious literacy challenges: one in five 15-year-olds and nearly 55 million adults lack basic literacy skills and in the last 10 years there has been little improvement in the levels of literacy in Europe. International ELINET experts have discovered that the Universal Declaration is too unspecific with regard to literacy.
Literacy has been recognized as a human right for over 50 years in several international declarations and initiatives. Since its creation, UNESCO has promoted literacy as a right: 1975 Persepolis Declaration, 1997 Hamburg Declaration, 2006-2015 Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), with a focus on those countries that face the biggest literacy challenges, mainly in Africa and Asia.
Every European citizen has the right to acquire literacy. EU Member States should ensure that citizens of all ages, regardless of social class, religion, ethnicity, origin and gender, are provided with the necessary resources and opportunities to develop sufficient and sustainable literacy skills in order to effectively understand and use written communication be in handwritten, in print or digital form.
A Declaration of European Citizens’ Right to Literacy was thus developed to re-emphasize this universal right.
Download the Declaration
The Declaration of European Citizens’ Right to Literacy is available in several different languages below.