Commission and UNESCO to call for joint action on literacy
The European Commission and UNESCO will call for joint action to reduce the number of young people and adults lacking basic reading and writing skills, both in Europe and world-wide, at a meeting in the European Parliament tomorrow (22 January, 15:00; ASP 6D128).
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will outline what the EU can do at the political level to boost literacy; she will underline that, in addition to investing in teachers and education, everyone can contribute to improving literacy levels, from parents to employers and health services. H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, chair of the EU High Level Group on Literacy and special envoy for UNESCO on Literacy for Development, will present the main findings of the report , which includes recommendations addressed at all age groups. Mmantsetsa Marope, Director for Basic Learning and Skills Development at UNESCO, will present UNESCO’s strategy to improve literacy-rates through formal and non-formal programmes. The event is hosted by MEP Marietje Schaake.
To find out more: Press release and memo about the High Level Group report on Literacy; Literacy website and Europe loves reading campaign; EU leading action to boost literacy in developing countries; follow Androulla Vassiliou on Twitter @VassiliouEU; (for more information: Dennis Abbott +32 2 295 92 58).