UNESCO 2018 International Literacy Prizes

UNESCO is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the 2018 International Literacy Prizes. Each year the UNESCO Prizes are organized around a specific theme. This year’s theme is: Literacy and Skills Development.
Details about how to submit an application can be found here. The submission deadline is 17 June 2018

Since 1967, UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have rewarded excellence and innovation in the field of literacy. Over 485 projects have been recognized. Laureates include governments, NGOs and individuals from around the world. The Prizes confer both international recognition and a monetary award.
Should you have any questions about the Prizes or submitting an application, please contact: literacyprizes@unesco.org.

With best regards,
The UNESCO Mobile Learning Week Team

Brussel: HSN Conferentie 2018. Nog maar een dag voor indienen voorstel

De HSN conferentie vindt dit jaar plaats in Brussel op 16 en 17 november. Zie informatie op de site van de HSN.
Ruim twee maanden geleden heb ik hier een Call for Papers voor de HSN-conferentie 2018 gepubliceerd. De deadline is 21 maart 2018. Dat is morgen.
Ik ben weer (mede)kolomleider voor de stroom Innovatie/ Digitale geletterdheid.  Het enthousiasme vanuit Nederland laat te wensen over. Je hebt nog een dag om je voorstel in te dienen. Doe het via dit formulier!
Neem contact met mij op als je nog vragen of wensen hebt. Of je voorstel wordt overgenomen door de programmacommissie is van een aantal factoren afhankelijk.

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 

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.

Nominations for International Literacy Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe 2016

Nominate your own work of that of others for the  International Literacy Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe. The purpose of this award is to recognize, celebrate and reward innovative work for reading promotion in Europe carried out by or for a European national reading association affiliated to the International Literacy Association. More information can be found in the GUIDELINES FOR THE ILA LITERACY AWARD 2016.

The Award will be presented at the 20th European Conference on Reading in Madrid, Spain, in 2017, and nominations shall close on September 1st, 2016. The Chairperson of IDEC 2015-17, to whom applications should be made, is: Renate Valtin, Germany. renate.valtin[at]gmail.com  The first award was given in Brussels at the 10th Conference.

Looking forward to receive many proposals!
Rena Valtin (Chairperson IDEC)

As most of you know I am the representatie of the Netherlands in the IDEC ( International Development in Europe Committee) of the International Literacy Association. I take the liberty to crosspost some of the posts I think are interesting for a broader audience.

HSN conferentie nr. 30 Gent 18 en 19 november Call for papers en meer

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HSN-30 (18 en 19 november in Gent) beoogt alle leeromgevingen aan bod te laten komen waarin Nederlands geleerd wordt: basisschool, secundair onderwijs/voortgezet onderwijs op alle niveaus (vwo, havo, (v)mbo, resp. aso, bso, kso, tso), hogeschool/universiteit en lerarenopleidingen. Naar verwachting staat er weer een tachtigtal presentaties/workshops en andere activiteiten op het programma. Meer informatie vind je op de site van de HSN.
Hierbij roepen de organisatoren in Vlaanderen en Nederland docenten, didactici en anderen op om zich als spreker/workshopleider te melden met een inhoudelijk voorstel. Ik ben kolomleider van de kolom Innovatie, samen met Jordi Casteleyn uit Vlaanderen.
Er wordt vooral belang gehecht aan praktijkgerichtheid en aan het vernieuwende karakter van de presentatie. Voor ervaringen uit eigen onderwijspraktijk en bevindingen uit kleinschalig onderzoek bestaat veel belangstelling.Gedacht wordt aan programmakolommen die gericht zijn op onderwijstypen (bv. basis-, hoger onderwijs, mbo) en aan themakolommen als:

  • literatuuronderwijs;
  • leesbevordering;
  • innovatie, w.o. nieuwe media;
  • taalbeschouwing;
  • taalvaardigheid secundair/voortgezet onderwijs;
  • taal- en letterkunde

Deze opsomming is niet uitputtend en wordt nog aangepast. Houdt u er rekening mee dat een presentatie gewoonlijk 50 minuten (idealiter 30 min. + 20 min. discussie) duurt. Er is ruimte voor enkele workshops die tweemaal zo veel tijd in beslag nemen. Of uw voorstel wordt overgenomen door de programmacommissie is van een aantal factoren afhankelijk.
Wilt u graag iets presenteren? Maak dan van het onderstaande een formulier en stuur dit uiterlijk 25 maart 2016  naar: andre.mottart@ugent.be Als je in de kolom Innovatie zou willen presenteren, en je wilt nog wat overleg of feedback met / van de kolomleiders neem dan contact op met mij jeroencl[at]gmail.com of Jordi Casteleyn jordi.casteleyn@uantwerpen.be

Naam:
E-mail:                                                                    Telefoon: 0031/0032

Organisatie/instelling:

Doelgroep van uw presentatie (bijv. basisonderwijs, …):

In welke themakolom (zie Call) zou u uw presentatie geprogrammeerd willen zien?

Voorlopige titel en inhoud presentatie (ong.10 regels):

ELINET EU project on Literacy

One in five 15-year-old Europeans, as well as nearly 75 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills. Not only does this make it hard for them to find a job, it also increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion.
The European Literacy Policy Network ELINET was initiated to gather and analyze policy information; exchange policy approaches, good practice, and initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of acting now to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020. ELINET is formed of 79 partner organizations from 28 countries.
 The network has received funding from the European Commission to complete a two year work program. During this time, it will develop tools that can be used by different members as well as supporting existing and encouraging new activities. You can visit the EU Elinet project site (still under construction).
On the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association in New Orleans, 10 – 12 of May 2014, Christine Garbe and Renate Valtin talked about the EU-Project Elinet. You can find the presentation here ELINET_Presentation-IRA conference New Orleans_final version

Proof of my international work on literacy ;-)

As I told you in a recent blogpost I’m also active in the International Development in Europe Committee of the International Reading Association. In the last Reading Today magazine of the IRA there is an article on the one of our activities, the International Leadership Workshop in Ljubljana last januari.
See the picture below taken of that article. Even more interesting because you can see me in the picture at the right side upper corner. So, this is proof I really participated 😉

IDEC workshop Ljubljana Slovenia 2014

Update profile: some other activities related to (Online) Literacy

Since the 90ths of the 20th century I am  an active member of the International Reading Association I am also the representative of the Netherlands in the International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC), in which over 30 European countries collaborate on literacy in Europe. I’m also the webmaster of the IDEC website Go there and have a look. To give you an idea about the activities of IDEC I will give you some links to posts on the IDEC site. Links to some of my presentations during meetings and conferences you can find there too.