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.

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

European Declaration of the Right to Literacy

Schermafdruk 2016-04-25 19.32.52Sinds 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.

Bulgarian VersionCzech VersionDutch VersionEnglish VersionFinnish VersionFrench VersionGerman VersionItalian VersionLithuanian VersionPortuguese VersionRomanian VersionRussian Version