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Establishment of ELINET Association

ELINET´s vision that everyone in Europa shall be literate is progressing. The 20th European Conference on Literacy in Madrid from 3 to 6 July 2017 forms the next milestone: The establishment of the ELINET Association.

After discussions with several ELINET members, the Transitional Committee proposes to organize the future network as a network of literacy experts, practitioners and policy makers based upon an individual membership.

Visions, tasks, objectives and the future organisational structure are laid down in the statutes  which were drafted and approved by the Transtional Committee.

The Committee proposes to organize the future network as a network of literacy experts, practitioners and policy makers based upon an individual membership.

The association will

  • build thematic working groups (TWG) to foster and initiate joint research and evaluation projects and knowledge exchange.
  • provide network services by building up a public database of literacy experts and member profiles on the platform and holding an annual member meeting.
  • make available information services around topics, events, projects and development in the field of literacy on the platform and a regular newsletter.
  • offer publication services on the platform and a printed yearbook to update and disseminate reports, articles and policy briefs.

All members of the Association are encouraged to join a thematic working group according to their expertise and thematic interest. The elected speaker of a working group represents the group in the Executive Committee.

If you are interested in ELINET`s work and want to join the association, please contact us.

Drafting a Workprogramme for the future ELINET

The official funding period for ELINET by the European Commission has ended on 31 March 2016, but ELINET will continue its work to improve literacy policies across Europe. A Sustainability Committee was proposed and agreed by delegates at the final conference in Amsterdam (21 – 22 January 2016) and assigned to make recommendations for future ELINET developments and priorities.

The elected Members of the Sustainability Committee are:
Viv Bird, Greg Brooks, Rosie Flewitt, Christine Garbe, Kees Hammink, Jean-Pierre Jeantheau, Fabio Nascimbeni, Karin Plötz, Helin Puksand, Stefan Salamonsberger, Sari Sulkunen, Ariana Vacaretu.

The committee met in Cologne (3 – 5 March 2016) discussing options for future ELINET organisational structures, working out various fundraising strategies for sustaining the network infrastructure, and drafting a content agenda with different possible topics. This work programme, drafted by Christine Garbe, Karin Plötz and Stefan Salamonsberger, was discussed by ELINET members at the Conference of the EU Policy Networks in Brussels (11 – 13 April 2016). The Sustainability Committee will further refine it according to those discussions and submit the final paper for review, comments and vote to all ELINET members  in June / July 2016.

Please find here the current draft:

Strategy and Work Programme for the Future of ELINET

Presentation: Input to workshop on Future of Elinet (Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe)