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Good practice from The Netherlands: Count on skills

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Document available also in: NL

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It is the fourth such programme to target these objectives. The Literacy Learning Action Plan (Actieplan Alfabetisering) 2003-2006 primarily targeted (functionally) illiterate native Dutch citizens; the Low-Literacy Plan of Attack (Aanvalsplan Laaggeletterdheid) 2006-2011 expanded the adult target group to include young children and adolescents, with an emphasis on prevention; and the Literacy Action Plan (Actieplan Geletterdheid) 2012-2015 was primarily aimed at increasing the quality of adult education and conducting the Language for Life pilot programmes (see also other good practice document) in 6 regions in order to reach more people with low literacy skills and to organise regional chain-oriented cooperation.

The Count on Skills programme also represents a continuation of the Art of Reading programme (Kunst van Lezen, 2008-2011 and 2012-2015) that encouraged reading among (young) children.

The Count on Skills action programme will aim to reach the following quantitative targets between 2016 and 2018:

Improved language skills among a minimum of 45,000 Dutch residents, so that they score demonstrably

higher on language tests and social participation, including employment participation.

One million young children up to primary school age have been reached via reading-promotion activities, thus improving their language skills and enjoyment of reading.

The programme will also aim to achieve the following:

long-term regional collaboration aimed at preventing and combating illiteracy;

improvements to the quality and accessibility of both local and regional language education programmes;

giving residents of the Netherlands opportunities for full social participation and integration.

In this good practice, written for ELINET (link is external), you'll find objectives of the programme, the method, the target group and political impact and policies. 

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Monday, 29 February, 2016
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