2016 ELINET European Literacy Conference

Amsterdam to host a groundbreaking milestone in the field of literacy from 21-22 January. Register today free of charge at www.eli-net.eu until 13 January 2016.
In addition to taking over the presidency of the European Union in 2016, the Netherlands will also showcase a unique literacy event. The goal of the ELINET European Literacy Conference is to shift the focus from idea generation to idea execution – providing all results, findings and tools developed in the past two years, while giving the floor to prominent speakers and giving answers to larger questions in the literacy field. Ultimately, participants will be empowered to successfully advance their literacy causes.
January 2016 marks the end of the European Commision funding period of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET, see www.eli-net.eu). The European Literacy Conference offers participants first-hand access to brand new research and good practices in all areas of literacy and across all age groups, crafted by a two-year collaboration between 28 countries. Attendees will be able to choose from a breadth of interactive and practical workshops, learning about new tools and acquiring knowledge to implement in their field of practice.

Problem-solving workshops, such as “Literacy makes you healthier” or “Beyond digital competence: the ELINET vision on digital literacy” will provide participants with an interactive approach to current literacy topics. This conference promises a highly engaging audience with international experts from literally every literacy field and renowned speakers, including UNESCO Special Envoy H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, the Dutch Minister for Education, Science and Culture Jet Bussemaker and author Abdelkader Benali. The core results will lead to first steps in shaping future literacy policies.

Established in February 2014, ELINET aims to analyse and consult on literacy policies at a local, regional, national, and trans-national level, raising awareness of literacy issues and coordinating campaigns. Ultimately, the fruit of this network will include a European framework of good practice in raising literacy levels and a sample of corresponding examples, 30 country reports, tools for awareness raising and fundraising, and a European Literacy platform.