In 2011 the European Commission established a High Level Group of experts in the field of literacy. This group examined how to support literacy throughout lifelong learning, identified common success factors of literacy programmes and policy initiatives, and came up with proposals for improving literacy.
Following the work of the Group, the European Commission initiated a network to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020.
NALA has joined 80 organisations from 28 countries in this new European Literacy Policy Network called ELINET. The network aims to analyse and influence literacy policies in Europe, as well as raise awareness of literacy issues. One in five European 15 year olds, as well as nearly 75 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills, which makes it hard for them to get a job, and increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion.
The 80 partner organisations consist of existing national literacy associations and foundations, policymakers, literacy centres, and other stakeholder groups working in the area of literacy.
The network has received funding from the European Commission to complete a two year work programme. During this time, it will develop standards and tools that can be used by different members as well as supporting existing and encouraging new activities.
From the 24 until the 27 of February representatives from the 80 organisations came together to mark the start of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET) in Vienna, Austria. At this meeting, Inez Bailey was elected by the members onto the management board for the network. As a core member of the network we will contribute to the area of awareness raising and help with other areas related to literacy policy.
For more information contact John Stewart, NALA on 01 4127913.