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EPALE focus: Adult literacy

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

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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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