Literacy as the foundation for lifelong learning

UIL Senior Programme Specialist Ulrike Hanemann will present the closing speech at a three-day conference on early-language development during this year's Leipzig Book Fair. The conference, entitled "Prepare for Life! Raising Awareness for Early Literacy Education", will bring together experts from over thirty countries from 12 to 14 March to discuss trends and experiences in early literacy.

The range of topics covered is very broad, from the scientific foundations for early childhood learning and socio-cultural considerations, to practical issues of financing and family literacy. One aim of the conference is to help establish a global network of literacy researchers, civil society practitioners and policymakers.

Ms Hanemann will hold her presentation on the role of literacy as a stepping stone to lifelong learning. Please check back on this website for a link to the presentation and an update after the conference.