Networking to improve literacy policies in Europe


29 April 2015

A total of 139 participants representing governments, NGOs, academia and education practitioners from 27 European countries and international organizations attended the second conference of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET), which took place in Budapest from 20 to 22 April 2015. The conference reflected the progress of the ELINET work programme, offered a selection of workshops and provided networking opportunities. UIL is a core member of ELINET, which links up 78 partner organizations in 28 European countries and is striving for the improvement of literacy policies in all member countries.

Together with the London Institute of Education, UIL coordinated a workshop on the concept of literacy. This workshop addressed the findings and outcomes of the ELINET seminar on literacy-related terminology, which was held at UIL in February 2015. This seminar raised awareness about the importance of precise and non-discriminatory use of terminology in adult literacy. Guiding principles for communication and a glossary on key terms for literacy will soon be available from ELINET.

To celebrate International Literacy Day, ELINET members will organize a European-wide Literacy Week from 8 to 17 September 2015, which will culminate in a high-level event in Brussels. A Literacy Week website has been developed by ELINET’s communication team and will soon be online.