On 31 May 2013, the Minister for Labour, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue and the Education Minister in France asked the French National Council for Lifelong Vocational Training (CNFPTLV) to make proposals with a view to setting objectives and strategic priorities for preventing and combating illiteracy over the coming years.
Recommendations were made in the following three sections of the report:
- Take stock of the problem
- Take action on every front and at every stage of life, from childhood to the training of employees and unemployed people,
- Regional cooperation in the fight against illiteracy.
The report concludes with four major proposals:
1. Reduce the illiteracy rate by 2 points by 2018, measure the rate in each Region and assess the results of the actions undertaken.
2. Concentrate actions on two priorities covering different age groups: firstly actions aimed at the prevention of illiteracy among children and adolescents through concerted efforts to train teachers and raise awareness in families, and secondly through measures aimed at people over 45 years old and inhabitants of rural areas or disadvantaged urban areas whether they be employed or unemployed.
3. Develop and reinforce Regional organisation and partnerships to prevent and combat illiteracy by maintaining the function of Regional illiteracy officers and by placing Regional plans for combating illiteracy under the aegis of the CCREFPs (Regional Coordination Committees for Employment and Vocational Training.)
4. Make detection and prevention tools more easily available, pool best practices, and raise awareness among guidance professionals; encourage innovative measures and partnerships between the education and training sector and the research sector.