Participation of Androulla Vassiliou in a debate on the EU High Level Group Report on Literacy

Type: Report   Reference: I-075919   Duration: 10:03:46  Lieu:
End production: 22/01/2013   First transmission: 22/01/2013
On 22 January 2013, Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, participated in a debate on the final report of the EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy. Given the common literacy-related challenges facing Europe and the need for a coherent EU-wide approach to tackle the root causes of this phenomenon, the European Commission decided to seek expert advice. The independent High-Level Group on Literacy brought together European academics, policy-makers. Together, the Group's members examined relevant research, consulted leading stakeholders, gathered evidence and analysed successful literacy programmes and policy initiatives from across Europe. Based on this, they mapped Europe's literacy landscape, identified changing needs and requirements, and recommended the best ways of bridging the literacy gap.

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10:00:05 Close up of the logo of the event 00:00:05
10:00:10 SOUNDBITE by Marietje Schaake, Member of the EP (ALDE, NL), (in ENGLISH) saying that we should think outside of the box and seek ways in which we can increase the engagement, through existing funds, such as the social and the cohesion funds of he EU, as well as the new youth guarantee mechanism. 00:00:17
10:00:27 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:00:32 SOUNDBITE by Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, (in ENGLISH) saying that still too often, we assume that poor literacy is a thing of the past, when sadly, that is not so; today, in the 21st century, we see in Europe millions of young people and adults who are struggling with reading and writing; and we see little improvement in their plight; considering that more textual types have developed over the decades, it becomes eminent to develop further our literacy skills to accommodate this evolution; without these skills, it is impossible to participate fully in the community; good literacy skills are the foundation of all learning - as the High Level Group points out - and they are the prerequisite for any democratic society. 00:00:56
10:01:28 Close up of a notepad 00:00:05
10:01:33 SOUNDBITE by Laurentien, Princess of the Netherlands, (in ENGLISH) saying that we should approach this issue from the point of view of: how do we create demand for quality education, how do we create demand for the need for literate people?; rather than to just look at the supply side, we should take the issue from a different perspective and look at creating demand for it. 00:00:23
10:01:57 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:02:01 SOUNDBITE by Kristian Schmidt, Director for Human and Society Development at the Development and Cooperation DG of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that increased literacy amongst women contributes to lower birth rates, an issue that is of huge development importance in many countries; saying also that high literacy rates help break cycles of violence and conflicts because literacy and culture in general are very good ways of furthering reconciliation in society. 00:00:46
10:02:48 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:02:54 SOUNDBITE by Mmantsetsa Marope, Director of Division for Basic to Higher Education and Leaning at Unesco, (in ENGLISH) saying that Unesco positions literacy within a life-long learning perspective; this is very critical; on of the hallmarks of the 21st century is fast, rapid and unpredictable change, this change comes from our information booms, technology booms, our knowledge explosion, our disasters, some of which we make, some of which we think come from nature; if there is such a fast pace of change, the fundamental canon of the 21st century good quality education is one that is able to produce a life-long learner. 00:00:52
10:03:46 General view of the conference room 00:00:05
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