The report includes a raft of recommendations, ranging from advice for parents on creating a culture of reading for pleasure with their children, to siting libraries in unconventional settings like shopping centres and the need to attract more male teachers to act as role models for boys, who read much less than girls.
It also makes age-specific recommendations, calling for free, high-quality early childhood education and care for all, more specialist reading teachers in primary schools, a change of mind-set on dyslexia, arguing that almost every child can learn to read with the right support, and for more varied learning opportunities for adults, especially in the workplace.
The 80-page report provides examples of successful literacy projects in European countries, including London's Evening Standard's "Get London Reading" campaign. As well as spotlighting individuals who have overcome the taboo of illiteracy and transformed their lives. It also seeks to dispel common myths about literacy.
The European Commission set-up the High Level Group of Experts to examine the most effective and efficient ways of supporting reading literacy throughout life.
Note: The Commission's role does not in any way infringe the exclusive competence of member states in organising the structure and content of their education systems.