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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


EPALE focus: Adult literacy

by EPALE Moderator
Language: EN
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EPALE Literacy


In honour of International Literacy Day (08.09.2017) EPALE is dedicating the month of September to adult literacy.

In the EU there are currently 55 million adults aged 16-65 with literacy difficulties. Increasing the literacy levels in Europe would help these adults to:

  • become better integrated into society
  • find a better-paid and more stable job
  • reduce their risk of numerous illnesses
  • improve their family life
  • reduce their risk of committing crime.

Check out EPALE’s thematic page Basic skills where the community and the national teams have gathered interesting articles, useful resources and case studies on the topic (content varies based on your language preference). Visit EPALE regularly for new content in September!

We would like to invite you to join EPALE’s written discussion on what literacy skills adults need and what the success factors are for an effective national policy in this field. The discussion will be in English and will take place on this page between 4–7 September 2017. It will be moderated by EPALE’s Thematic Coordinator for Life Skills, David Mallows, in collaboration with our partners from the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN).

We hope to see you there!

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  • Fernando Albuquerque Costa's picture

    Dear all, 

    As in other message I did refer the LIDIA Project (Adult Digital Literacy), a project carryed out by the Instituto of Education of the University of Lisbon, it seems to be appropriate to leave here a brief information about it.

    In a perspective of lifelong learning, the project LIDIA adopts a broader view of the progress made and the problems identified in Portugal in the field of education, adults training and qualification, regarding  and aligns its action within the framework of recent social responses for promoting literacy, digital inclusion and qualification of the Portuguese population.

    Thus, the LIDIA project assumes as a strategic objective the development of innovative ICT-based content, materials and activities with technologies tailored to the life needs of a "digital society", aimed at raising the awareness and providing training to trainers and other social intervention technicians who work with those adults who are more vulnerable to info exclusion.

    In this way, the project seeks to contribute to the creation of conditions that, based on the principle of isomorphism (homology of processes), ensure that adults who are more vulnerable to digital exclusion can develop those competences nowadays considered as key to lifelong learning in accordance with their personal and professional expectations.

    Being a research project we start to identity situations where adult citizens find it difficult to exercise their autonomy by not knowing how to use digital Technologies. Based on the analysis of that material, in a second momento the goal was to produce training materials and resources to support inclusion and digital literacy of adults. 

    The primary beneficiaries of the LIDIA project are trainers, social animators, social and educational staff, working in potential learning contexts, both formal and non-formal and based in Portugal, involved in the mediation and implementation of actions aimed at audiences typically more excluded from the information society, namely: professionals responsible for cultural, educational and social fields in local administration offices; private social institutions; cultural and recreational associations; museums; universities; senior day centers; teachers; etc.

    More information can be reached at the website of the project (

    Comments and questions are welcome.

    Thanks a lot.