Adrie Van der Rest, president of EUNEC, represented the network at this event.
The conference was opened by the chair of the High Level Group on Literacy, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands. The report of the High Level Group on Literacy was presented and discussed during the two-day conference, which was attended by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, the President and members of the HLG and distinguished experts from abroad.
EUNEC participated at the workshop ‘Literacy: what is the big deal? exploring the following issues:
How can we break the taboo of poor literacy skills in society? How can we raise awareness of this problem and encourage struggling readers to seek support? What actions can we take at the European and at the national levels to tackle this issue?
What are the main challenges/obstacles to the development of comprehensive literacy policies at the EU level and at the national levels?
What are the main challenges and opportunities for literacy resulting from new technologies?
Do you know about good practice examples/projects developed in your country? What are the success factors?
Based on the recommendations of the Group and the conclusions of the conference, the Cyprus Presidency will hold a discussion during the Informal Meeting of Ministers of Education in October 2012 and subsequently will promote the adoption of Council Conclusions in November on this issue, seeking to tackle illiteracy through the provision of qualitative education and training.
Speeches and related articles at http://www.cy2012.eu/en/events/presidency-conference-on-literacy.