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The 2016 ELINET European Literacy Conference

21 January 2016

The 2016 ELINET European Literacy Conference offers participants first-hand access to new research and good practices in all areas of literacy created over the past two years by members of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET). More than 230 participants, including international experts in different fields of literacy, are taking part in the conference, which runs from 20 to 22 January 2016. The conference has been organized by ELINET.

The 2016 ELINET European Literacy Conference provides an interactive platform to share knowledge on literacy based on the network’s collaboration with twenty-eight countries. The objective is to share new results, findings and tools – including the European Framework of Good Practices in Raising Literacy Levels of Children, Adolescents and Adults – that have emerged in Europe over the past two years, and to discuss ways of shaping and implementing future literacy policies. Furthermore, conference participants will discuss and adopt the Declaration of European Citizens’ Right to Literacy.

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is one of the seventy-eight partner organizations working with ELINET on literacy policymaking in Europe. UIL emphasizes that it is still important in Europe to discuss and advocate better literacy policies and initiatives at national and international levels. According to available data, one in five young adults (i.e. adults aged between 15 and 24) in Europe lack adequate literacy skills, and millions of people still lack basic reading and writing skills.