Partners

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is based in Aarhus and Copenhagen, the two largest cities of Denmark. The Department of Education undertakes research and educates bachelors and masters within the field of education. Within ELINET Team Childhood, the Department is represented by the research programme Learning for Care, Sustainability and Health. The research programme undertakes theoretical and empirical research with a view to describing, understanding and improving educational practice within the fields of care, health promotion, sustainable development, early childhood education, and social and healthcare practice.

ABC - Union of Literacy Learners

The Netherland’s ABC - Union of Literacy Learners (Stichting ABC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping advance the cause of adults who feel excluded from society because they don't have the necessary basic literacy skills. Ambassadors and their counsellors join forces in lobbying for the problems of illiterate adults in our complex and digitalised society. Our ambassadors are ex-illiterates; they received a training in which they have learnt to communicate to other people what it means to feel excluded. They tell their life stories in schools, social welfare organisations, political parties, local authorities, hospitals etc. They stimulate affected people to go back to school and acquire the essential, basic skills to participate in society.

Aristotle University Thessaloniki

Austrian Book Club for Young People

The Book Club for Young People (Österreichischer Buchklub der Jugend) is Austria’s largest reading organisation with 400.000 young members (age 3 to 18), 6.000 honorary consultants at all schools and about 50 freelance and regular employees. The Book Club encourages young people to learn to read, and introduces them to the joys of literature. Also, the Book Club is a non-political literature and reading network for the benefit of the public with a social commitment, a publisher and seller of media for the young and of reading promotion products, and a service institution for reading promotion and instruction with 60 years of experience, competence and high demand on quality.

Thus, the Book Club publishes media for children and young people, independently or in partnership with others, both in print or online, offers advice, information and sales promotion for children’s books, instructive reading materials and courses as well as a large scale advisory service to mediators (eg. teachers, parents and librarians), and launches reading initiatives throughout Austria.

Austrian Library Services

The Austrian Library Services (Österreichisches Bibliothekswerk) located in Salzburg, is an umbrella organisation of 1.360 libraries (public libraries, school libraries, special libraries). We offer consulting, advanced education, representation, initiatives in the field of reading promotion and social cohesion, as well as innovative digital services and publications. Our activities are supported by a wide network of partner organisations and about 7.000 volunteers.
We are operating one of the leading databases of book reviews in Europe (www.rezensionen.at / 60.000 reviews of 24 magazines) and a national bookstart project (www.buchstart.at). Our main purpose is to establish public libraries as vivid meeting points and learning places.

Beanstalk

Beanstalk is a national literacy charity based in London, U.K. that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Beanstalk reading helpers work with children across England on a one-to-one basis, giving them consistent support to improve reading levels, increase overall confidence and help them gain the vital skills they need to succeed in life. With Beanstalk's support the child's approach to learning and enjoying reading is often transformed.

Belgian Francophone Reading Association

The Belgian Francophone Reading Association (Association belge pour la lecture, BELFRA) acts as a forum, fostering mutual understanding and cooperation between reading professionals from various horizons-teachers, teacher trainers, researchers, librarians.

Funded in 1974, the association is a full member of the International Reading Association. More recently, BELFRA played a very active role in the foundation of the Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA).

Teachers and students are invited to participate in exchanges of practices and present them at ad hoc conferences organized by BELFRA. Anyone interested in sharing his/her experience in writing benefits from the active support of an editor chosen by BELFRA.

BELFRA publishes Caractères, a journal for practitioners willing to exchange experiences on teaching and learning to read and write at all levels of education. The online-review Lettrure addresses researchers willing to exchange their research results on learning to read and write.

Book Trust UK

Book Trust UK transforms lives through the power of reading. This organisation has a vision of a society where nobody misses out on the life-changing benefits that reading can bring. Book Trust priorities are working with children, because they present the greatest opportunity to change lives; and with families, because this is the unit for the greatest impact. Book Trust starts at the earliest age, encouraging parents to share stories, books and rhymes, helping children understand who they are and the place they have in the world. The Bookstart programme is proven to help children develop language and literacy skills for starting school, while the Letterbox Club has helped to improve the reading skills for many children in care.

Founded in 1921 in London, England, Book Trust is an independent nationwide charity. It is also one of the founding members of EURead, a consortium of European reading promotion organisations.

Bulgarian Reading Association (BulRA)

Bulgarian Reading Association (BulRA) was registered in 2001. In 2003 it was chartered as a national affiliate of the International Reading Association (IRA) and is a founding member of the Federation of the European Literacy Associations (FELA). It is an NGO involved in various educational projects and activities reaching out to diverse target groups–students of different ages, parents, school and university teachers and educators in general. Its national network of members and partners makes it possible to directly reach prospective learners from different geographical sites, of different social and ethnic background and thus disseminate good practices.
The issue of quality education has always been central for BulRA activities, along with some specific aspects related to disadvantaged groups. BulRA has always had the creation and development of programs promoting reading and literacy in its most wide meaning among its main goals. BulRA shares the modern view of a need for the continuous development of new knowledge and skills throughout life in order to successfully adapt to an ever changing world.

Centre for Reading, Writing and Media, School for Teacher Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Research and development of a variety of activities fostering language development -
The Centre for Reading, Writing and Media (Institut Forschung und Entwicklung, Zentrum Lesen an der Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz) researches reading, writing and media at the Institute for Educational Research and Development, which is part of the School of Teacher Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

Activities undertaken at the Centre aim to provide children, young people and adults with support in the following areas:

• Improving language skills,
• Deepening the emotional access to language, and
• Expanding the range of everyday linguistic activities

To that end, research projects are conducted at the interface between education, language and the acquisition of language. At the same time, research results are leveraged for practical implementation through the creation of models and materials designed to develop language competences. In this connection, the Centre offers opportunities for the continuing education of teachers, services in the realm of school development, and the development of research-driven teaching materials.

Charles University in Prague

The Faculty of Education is one of seventeen faculties associated under the umbrella of the Charles University in Prague. Its primary goal is to train teachers and other pedagogical personnel for all types of schools and school systems, at various levels of study (Bachelors and Masters) and forms. While five other faculties within the Charles University are also officially qualified to train teachers, what makes the Faculty of Education unique is the span and complexity of its educational focus. The Faculty provides university-level pre- and in-service teacher education in the following fields: Humanities, Social Sciences, Art Education, Physical Education, Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The Faculty is currently training approximately 4,200 students in both BA and MA study programmes, plus nearly 10,000 students taught within a wide range of combined forms of study programmes, mainly as a part of professional teacher development.

CINOP

CINOP is an independent consultancy, research and project Management organisation that is specialised in lifelong learning, vocational education & training (VET) and adult education.
Based in Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, CINOP serves a wide range of national and international clients in the triple helix of
governmenteducationlabour, both in the public and private sector.
An important field of expertise is basic skills and adult literacy. For example, CINOP was responsible for the Dutch action programme to prevent illiteracy from 2006 to 2011. Also, CINOP participates in the European PIAAC research on Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL). Furthermore, CINOP has been working closely with the Reading & Writing Foundation in the Netherlands.
CINOP does this all with a Joint goal in mind: enabling people to use their talents and develop education.

Croatian Reading Association

The Croatian Reading Association (Hrvatsko čitateljsko društvo HČD, CroRA) is a Croatian national association and member of the International Reading Association. It is a nongovernmental, nonprofit and voluntary organisation with the mission to encourage, research and promote reading and literacy. The CroRA gathers approximately 400 members, institutions and individuals. They all actively promote CroRA’s goals to promote and encourage reading and literacy at all levels, to raise awareness about the importance of reading and literacy and to provide an open forum for the exchange of experiences and ideas.

CroRA members regularly publish the newsletter Hamster and an electronic newsletter (https://hcdbilten.wordpress.com). On September 8, the International Literacy Day, CroRA organises a conference and the annual photography contest 'Smile... while reading!' for the best photography of a person reading. The contest has become very popular since it was organised for the first time in 2009.

CroRA members are involved on different levels in the organisation of the first national campaign "Read to me!", promoting early reading aloud, and encouraging parents and other adults to read to children aloud.

Cyprus Pedagogical Institute

The Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (PI) focuses on the development of all levels of education and its main activities concern in-service training of teachers, educational research, educational documentation and educational technology. The in-service training offers continuous professional development programs for teachers at all levels of education. The Pedagogical Institute was founded in 1972 by the Ministry of Education of Cyprus and reports directly to the Director General of the Ministry of Education and Culture. PI contributes to policy making decision and the support of educational reforms and innovation, aiming on the improvement of teaching practices and educational results across all education levels and all subject areas.

Dutch National Centre for Language Education

The Dutch National Centre for Language Education (Expertisecentrum Nederlands), founded in 1996, is based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and affiliated with the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Researchers at the centre carry out research and development projects on language learning and teaching, in partnership with schools throughout all layers of the Dutch educational system. With regard to (emergent) literacy, reading and writing, the centre is known for its academic and practical contributions to educational practice and policy in the Netherlands. The activities are aimed at aiding and supporting professionals in education who, on an everyday basis, facilitate the growth in literacy skills of a broad scope of language learners, from young language acquirers (and their parents) to youngsters and adults – both in mono- and multilingual contexts. The centre is also active in the field of the ongoing professional development of teachers, both pre-service and in-service.

Dutch Reading Foundation

Stichting Lezen is the Dutch government funded knowledge center for reading promotion. It uses the results of academic research as the basis for reading promotion projects. The foundation wants to ensure that all children and young people grow up in an environment that offers them a chance to take pleasure in reading and to choose books that suit their interests. This way children can grow up to be permanent readers.

Education Scotland

Education Scotland was established on 1 July 2011 by the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning as a new public body, charged with supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education and thereby securing the delivery of better learning experiences and outcomes for Scottish learners of all ages.
Its status as an executive agency means that Education Scotland operates independently and impartially, whilst remaining directly accountable to Scottish Government ministers for the standards of its work.
The vision is that learners in Scotland will progress in one of the most effective education systems in the world, renowned for the ability of national and local partners to work flexibly together to achieve high quality and equitable outcomes for all.
The objectives as an organisation to achieve this vision are:
- build a world-class curriculum for all learners
- promote high quality professional learning and leadership amongst education practitioners
- build the capacity of education providers to improve their performance continuously
- provide independent evaluation of education provision
- influence national policy through evidence based advice
- improve the organisational capability and invest in its people

Estonian Reading Association

The Estonian Reading Association (EstRA) is a non-profit organisation established in 1992.
EstRA has about 150 members which are teachers, research fellows, speech therapists, special education teachers, librarians, psychologists, journalists, students etc..
EstRA organizes seminars, conferences, exhibitions and projects etc. to support literacy promotion in Estonia. The association is member of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC/FELA). In 2003, EstRA hosted the European Reading Conference in Tallinn.

European Association for the Education of Adults

The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) in Brussels is the voice of non-formal adult education in Europe. EAEA is a European NGO with 123 member organisations in 42 countries and represents more than 60 million learners Europe-wide.

EAEA is a European NGO whose purpose is to link and represent European organisations directly involved in adult learning. Originally known as the European Bureau of Adult Education, EAEA was founded in 1953 by representatives from a number of European countries.

EAEA promotes adult learning and access to and participation in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented.

European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)

EBLIDA is the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations.
We are an independent umbrella association of library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe.
Subjects on which EBLIDA concentrates are European information society issues, including copyright & licensing, culture & education. We promote unhindered access to information in the digital age and the role of archives and libraries in achieving this goal.

EBLIDA is proud to be a member of ELINET Team Awareness Raising focusing on raising awareness on literacy and the ELINET project itself.
EBLIDA is a core network partner, the only one representing libraries: it stresses the role libraries can play in the promotion of reading, raising awareness about low literacy and facilitating the learning of new literacy skills.

European Institute of Education and Social Policy (EIESP)

Federal Association for Promoting Reading

Who reads, learns to understand. Who understands, asks questions. Who asks questions, will change things. The Federal Association for Promoting Reading (Bundesverband Leseförderung e.V.) commits its work to support children and adolescents in developing the ability to read and understand texts and thus shape their own view of the world.

The association was founded in March 2009 at the Leipzig Book Fair and is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation with over 100 members in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Our patrons are two of the most popular German children's books authors: Kirsten Boie and Paul Maar.

The main tasks are networking among players who promote reading or related topics (e.g. multilingualism or media literacy), representing the interests of various people, institutions and associations affiliated with reading promotion, providing training programs and developing and assuring quality standards regarding reading promotion measures.

The association's motto is: We read, because we want to understand and shape the world.

Federation for Centres for Adult Basic Education

The Federation for Centres for Adult Basic Education (Federatie Centra voor Basiseducatie) is the association of the 13 centers for Basic Adult Education in Flanders and Brussels. Since 25 years, they organise training courses aimed at increasing literacy skills of all illiterate adults in the areas of language, mathematics, information and communication technologies and society orientation. They are subsidised by the Flemish Ministry of Education.

The federation supports the sector through:

- advocacy on behalf of the employers
- advocacy on behalf of the target group
- preparation of policy issues
- monitoring and influencing legislation on the sector
- monitoring and adjustment of the developing projects
- communication and increasing awareness regarding literacy

Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA)

The Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA) is an international non-profit association (association internationale sans but lucratif, aisbl) registered in Belgium.
FELA was established in November 2008, and currently (October 2014) has 28 national member associations across Europe, of which nine are partners in ELINET in their own right; colleagues with close links to FELA are also involved in 11 other partners.
The purposes of FELA are to:

- contribute to the development of literacy in all its member countries
- promote and develop empirical and theoretical research in Europe on the learning and teaching of literacy
- develop education policies and contribute to the implementation of European recommendations concerning literacy and its development
- promote the exchange of information between member associations of the Federation and other associations throughout the world concerning the learning and teaching of literacy, and
- co-operate with other Federations, Associations and Institutions, both within and beyond Europe, for the improvement of literacy

In collaboration with its sister organisation, IDEC, the International Development in Europe Committee of the International Reading Association, FELA mount meetings and seminars and the biennial European Conferences on Literacy.

Filocalia Foundation

Finnish Reading Association

The Finnish Reading Association (FinRA) was founded in 1968, and was chartered as a national affiliate of the International Reading Association in 1971. The association has approximately 200 members, most of whom are teachers working to promote language and literacy development in children. For more than four decades FinRA has supported educators who have benefited from its journal Kielikukko, publications, information on the web and professional activities. FinRA is proud to host national and Nordic conferences on literacy at suitable intervals.
Our goals:
- to promote professionalism among members
- to organise conferences and workshops
- to increase literacy awareness

Finnish Reading Centre "Lukukeskus"

The Finnish Reading Centre, founded in 1972, is a well-established literacy NGO, with a history of innovative and successful reading campaigns.
The mission of the centre is to promote reading and literacy, and to produce materials, information, services and expertise for schools in particular, but also for libraries, the general public, media and policy makers. Our target is bettering the literacy of children and young people all over Finland. We are funded by the government (Ministry of Education and Culture), together with several Finnish charitable foundations.

The main activities of the centre are organising author’s visits to schools and libraries: Lukukeskus organises around 1.000 visits annually of which 80% are directed at schools all around Finland. Lukukeskus also publishes three literary magazines.

The Finnish Reading Centre consists of ten member organisations, the leading literary societies in Finland.

Free University of Brussels

The Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) offers quality education to more than 9.000 students, including 400 students at the English-speaking Vesalius College and 5.000 students at the Centre for Adult Education that shares the same campus and has more than 150 research teams working on two campuses. The Department of Educational Sciences offers three educational programmes: Bachelor/Master in Science of Adult Education, Master in Science of Education and an International Master of Educational Sciences.

The education programmes pedagogical and educational sciences are also strongly rooted in the practical field and follow developments within society including the fields of arts, culture, community building, diversity, ageing and educational innovation and change.

The research within the Department of Educational Sciences comprises three focal research areas: 'Innovative change in educational contexts', 'Community development' and 'Cultural education'. Within these focal areas, several research projects emphasise learning environments combining and integrating both formal and informal learning.

One of the research groups in the Department of Educational Sciences is the Belgian Ageing Studies (BAS). The BAS research group is involved in assessing and measuring needs of older people in local society and in the development and implementation of intervention strategies.

Geman Institute for Adult Education (DIE)

The German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung, DIE) acts as a mediator between science, politics and practice, and focuses on the development and advancement of adult education. The institute supports the fields of research and practice of continuing education in Germany by providing data and information as well as by research and development performance. The DIE picks up on and analyses current issues, prepares responses to the prevailing questions, provides solutions and counsels the practical implementation. As a member of the Leibniz Association, the DIE applies high standards to all its services.

General Hospital Dubrovnik

The General Hospital Dubrovnik in Croatia is a general hospital with a Department of Pediatrics. This department has gained a reputation for its holistic approach to sick children. The national campaign 'For Children Smile' in the Hospital awarded the department the title Children's Ward Friend of Children, and it got another award for its work from the city of Dubrovnik in 2006.

The Department of Pediatrics started literacy promotion with the campaign 'Born to Read' in 2007. Pediatricians read age-appropriate books to children either in the department itself or in the outpatient clinic. These children can keep these books as a present at the end of the examination. Our aim is to foster a love of reading and books in children.

In order to sensibilise pediatricians for the importance of literacy, the 2014 National Pediatric Conference programme's cover page shows a baby reading. The conference is organised by the Department of Pediatrics in collaboration with the Croatian Pediatric Society.

German Reading Foundation

German Reading Foundation (Stiftung Lesen) acts as an advocate for reading and media competency in Germany to ensure that every child and adult in Germany develops crucial reading and media skills, and enjoys reading. In order to create a basis for the development of reading skills, and to enhance the overall level of literacy, Stiftung Lesen establishes adequate and accessible programmes for every member of society – regardless of financial, cultural or social background.

Within Germany, the foundation acts as an agent for the advancement of reading by contributing scientific research, political recommendations and programmes. In addition, the foundation sees itself as mediator and coordinator of other agents to foster dialogue, exchange and cooperation between government institutions, politics, the public, science and economy. Internationally, Stiftung Lesen also is a lead partner in the European reading promotion platform EURead.

German Society for Reading and Writing

The German Society for Reading and Writing (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lesen und Schreiben, DGLS) is a non-profit organisation. It was founded in 1968 as an affiliation of the International Reading Association and is member of IDEC (International Development in Europe Committee of the International Reading Association). DGLS belongs also to FELA, the Federation of European Literacy Associations.

Its main aims are:

- to stimulate and promote interest in literacy
- to sponsor conferences and workshops related to literacy development
- to disseminate knowledge helpful to the solution of literacy problems

DGLS has declared Ten rights of children to read and write.
Each year up to two conferences are held and up to two books are published. Most of the activities are centred on these rights.

Hungarian Institute of Educational Research and Development (HIERD)

The Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development (HIERD), located in Budapest, is a background research institute of the ministry responsible for education. The aim of the research, development and professional support conducted by the HIERD is to continuously renew and modernise Hungarian public education (especially its content), to assist its adaptation to current professional and social requirements, support the decision-making process in educational matters as well as accumulate and spread knowledge concerning public education and its social environment, while exploring the demands of society and promoting international contacts of Hungarian public education.

By aiming to function as a pedagogical knowledge centre, the institute on the one hand provides complex professional support for teachers throughout their career, and on the other hand effectively mediates between the actors of the educational system, thus enabling the effective implementation of the intents of the education management and the government.

inspire thinking

Inspire, a non-profit organisation founded in 2009 in Austria, stands for professional concepts and products in the fields of education, culture, creative industries, and labour. Inspire aims at bringing together different people, diverse competences, and innovative approaches in projects to best meet all assignments. Some of inspire`s staff look back on more than 15 years of expertise in working with and for people determined to improve on basic skills.

Inspire started as trainers and are now supporting basic skills providers on a local, national (with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education) and European Scale (ESF, LLL, and Erasmus+ Programme). Inspire also hosts the annual national conference Zukunft Basisbildung.

Institute for Effective Education (University of York)

The Institute for Effective Education (IEE) at the University of York is one of the leading education research units in the UK.

The IEE establishes what works in teaching and learning – and why. The institute works directly with schools, policy makers, and researchers to share knowledge and build support for evidence-based education policy and practice. The focus is on providing expertise and practical tools.

IEE research crosses national and cultural boundaries in the search for effective methods with supporting evidence that shows they work. Current projects include Dialogic teaching and the Literacy Octopus.

IEE spreads news about education research and evidence-based practice through the fortnightly e-newsletter 'Best Evidence in Brief' and an associated blog. The magazine 'Better: Evidence-based Education' features accessible articles from leading educational researchers.

Institute of Education

The Institute of Education (IOE) is the UK's premier institution for the education and training of teachers and for the conduct of educational research. Within ELINET Team Adults IOE is represented by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC), established in 2002 by the UK government as part of the Skills for Life strategy to create a strong evidence base for the future. NRDC has close links to practice and policy and undertakes research and development activity for a wide range of funders. Over the past ten years NRDC has built a powerful evidence base that engages with and is used extensively by practitioner and policy communities.

Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Hamburg

The Institute of Lifelong Learning (LLL) at the University of Hamburg takes a scientific approach to lifelong learning, foremost in higher education institutions and adult education settings.
The institute oversees several third-party funded research activities concerning the conception of learning in various situations and stages in life.

The research projects range from topics concerning the theoretical basis of learning, through competences development, to time use in educational activities such as in higher education or adult education settings. Current trends in society such as demographic change (an aging population), in economy (financial crisis) and in culture (immigration) generally provide the initial impulse for new scientific activities within the institute.

The fields of Lifelong Learning are:
- Political and cultural Continuing Education
- Continuing Vocational Training and In-Company Continuing Vocational Training
- Public science
- University research

Kecskemét College

Kecskemét College in Hungary was founded in 2000 with the merger of 3 tertiary colleges. One of them was the former Teacher Training College. As a result of the merger, Kecskemét College has become the largest college in the Southern Plain Region with three faculties with different profiles. The college has got 4.500 students and 250 teachers.

The Faculty of Teacher Training of Kecskemét College is the scientific, educational and cultural centre of the region. There are Kindergarten Teacher, Lower Primary School Teacher BA courses in the faculty, while there are both full-time and part-time higher-level vocational Youth Advisers, Infant and Child Care Worker training courses. Moreover, the faculty offers pre- and in-service trainings, further education programmes. The faculty has got 500 students and 40 teachers.

The teacher trainees are to choose a specialisation in an educational field. Besides getting a degree in teaching in the elementary level (age 6-10), they are qualified to teach the specialisation in the first two years of the secondary (age 10-12). One of the specialisations is Hungarian Language and Literature providing the students the most up-to-date, theory-based learning and reading (metacognitive) strategies.

KWP Rotterdams Talent

The Rotterdam Knowledge Network on Talent (Kenniswerksplaats, KWP) is an educational network where the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands (Faculty of Social Sciences, particularly: Research Institute Risbo and the Department of Pedagogical Sciences) and all educational knowledge institutes, from primary till higher education, work together with the city of Rotterdam to transfer existing knowledge to educational practice and to find and create new knowledge about education. KWP addresses diverse educational topics such as language, professional capacity, extended learning, literacy etc.

KWP works closely with the best experts and professionals on certain topics and functions as a platform where parties deliver “evidence for practice” as well as “practice based evidence”. The coordination of this network lies with Risbo, a leading institute of highquality scientific research in the Netherlands and Europe.

Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) is a state agency of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to provide a range of services to the Local Government Sector. The LGMA provides a range of services within the context of its statutory remit, in support of co-ordinated delivery of Local Government services and policy. It is a shared repository of best practice providing research and specialist expertise for the Local Government sector.

The functions of Libraries Development within the LGMA include:
providing advice, assistance and services to library authorities making recommendations and providing services for the Minister in relation to the public library service action to promote and facilitate library co-operation.

LitCam

LitCam is a German non-profit organisation located in Frankfurt/Main. LitCam was founded by the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2007 in cooperation with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Bundesverband Literacy and Basic Skills as Frankfurt Book Fair Literacy Campaign. Since 2010 LitCam works as a charitable society (gemeinnützige Gesellschaft).

LitCam initiates projects with a focus on mediating basic skills like reading, writing and arithmetic as well as using (digital) media. The projects 'Football meets Culture' in Germany and 'Reading and Learning Room' in South Africa aim at preventing social exclusion by improving chances for disadvantaged groups. LitCam is led by its mission "Competence for Life”.

The LitCam conferences offer a networking platform to international NGO and other institutions from the education area. During Frankfurt Book Fair the LitCam stage is our platform to transmit our ideas and projects to a broader public.

Literacy Centre Styria

The Literacy Centre Styria (Lesezentrum Steiermark), located in Graz, Austria, is an institute for library development, library organisation and literacy promotion. Organised as an NGO, it cares for about 220 public libraries, e.g. in municipalities, parishes and hospitals, and for more than 300 school libraries in Austria’s Federal State of Styria.

Thus, it plays a significant role and provides essential inputs for planning and building up an efficient library network in Styria. The five highly motivated employees support Styrian libraries in all technical and special questions: Planning and advising in the setting and further development of libraries are part of their work as well as literacy activities (e.g. Bookstart projects, reading promotion) and parent training/teacher education in order to raise the importance of reading and books among children and adults. Moreover, the Literacy Centre is geared to endorse and encourage the often voluntary (unpaid) librarians in courses and seminars for their manifold tasks.

It has been and is currently part of various bi- and multilateral EU-Projects: EUMOF (European Mobility Folktales, www.eumof.unic.ac.cy), READWAY (www.readway-comenius.eu), AQUA NARRABILIS (Aquisition of narrative Skills in Libraries and Schools) and of course ELINET.

Maltese Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE)

The National Literacy Strategy for All in Malta and Gozo focuses on the range of literacy skills required to ensure competence in Maltese and English. The National Literacy Strategy for All in Malta and Gozo supports dual literacy and seeks to ensure that it is fully embedded within the education system in Malta.

The overall purpose of the National Literacy Strategy for All in Malta and Gozo is to promote and enhance lifelong and lifewide, high quality literacy practices among children, youths, adults, third country nationals and persons with learning difficulties. It strives also to improve literacy outcomes, resulting in inclusive practices, higher educational qualifications, and better job prospects.

In order to ensure an efficient and effective delivery, an autonomous National Literacy Agency was set up to carry out functions related to the promotion of and the delivery of the different aspects of the National Literacy Strategy for All. It is to serve also as a main driver in the field of literacy.

Mother-Child Education Foundation

The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) was started in 1993 with a mission to empower people through education and enable them to improve the quality of their own lives. In its two main areas of expertise, early childhood and adult education, AÇEV has developed and implemented education programmes tackling early literacy, family literacy and adult literacy within Turkey and abroad for over twenty years. Overall, AÇEV continues to run programmes that seek to eradicate existing social inequities through education and training, and has reached over 800,000 individuals directly, 7 million through distance education across all 81 provinces of Turkey.

National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is a charity committed to making sure people with literacy and numeracy difficulties can fully take part in society and have access to learning opportunities that meet their needs. According to the last international survey, one in six Irish adults has a low level of literacy.

Established in 1980, NALA is the leading campaigning and expert body on adult literacy issues in Ireland. NALA works with policy makers, practitioners and learners to support policy implementation, improve the quality of teaching and learning and build awareness of literacy and numeracy so as to improve outcomes for adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties.

Many individuals and organisations have contributed considerably to adult literacy work in Ireland. NALA has put literacy on the political agenda and secured funding for the provision of adult literacy services. Currently there are 55.000 adults attending ETB adult literacy courses nationwide.

National Agency for Fighting Illiteracy (ANLCI)

The National Agency for Fighting Illiteracy (Agence Nationale de Lutte Contre Illettrisme, ANLCI), created in 2000 in France, federates and optimises the energies, actions and resources of all the stakeholders, volunteers and professionals, policy-makers and actors involved in the fight against illiteracy. Its core mission is to ensure that the guiding principles of the fight against illiteracy are well known to all, taken into account, and deep-rooted in policies and practices: prevention, education, adult training, the professional world, integration, social action and culture.

At the national level
The Board of Directors brings together ministries, public agencies, local authorities, companies and social partners to decide on priorities. The Advisory Committee represents civil society and brings together all those who have a role to play in preventing and fighting illiteracy: family and parents’ associations, professional organisations, trade unions and associations.

At the local level
According to the priorities defined by the board and supported by the national team, the national guidelines and the illiteracy assessments, the ANLCI’s regional project leaders draft, implement and monitor regional anti-illiteracy plans, associating all local stakeholders.

The ANLCI uses its Permanent Forum on Practices to publicise and share successful practices in all areas and to develop professionalisation processes.

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is the national voice for lifelong learning. The Institute is an internationally respected development organisation and think-tank, working on issues central to the economic renewal of the UK, particularly in the political economy, education and learning, public policy and regeneration fields.

NIACE campaigns for the personal, social and economic benefits from lifelong learning, work to improve people’s experience of the adult learning and skills system, and fight for all adults to have opportunities throughout their lives to participate in and benefit from learning.

NIACE is a membership organisation, and its work is local, national and pan-European, across all types of learning including literacy and numeracy, digital, further/higher education, apprenticeships, workplace, community learning, leisure and citizenship. NIACE specialises in post-16 learning and skills, but the organisation increasingly works across all age ranges from early years to later life.

National Literacy Trust

Nordic Network for Adult Learning

Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) is a programme under the Nordic Council of Ministers and is administrated by Vox. The objectives of the NVL strive towards promoting lifelong learning by focusing on cross-sectoral cooperation in the priority areas defined by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM).

The network unites national coordinators from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and contact persons from Greenland, Faroe Islands and Aaland Islands. NVL works according to the strategy documents of the NCM and ensures the exchange of experience, innovative and good practice within the following priority areas: quality development, competence development and professionalisation of staff within adult learning, recognition of prior learning, and guidance counselling.
NVL is responsible for creating and leading thematic networks with the goal to gather evidence about as well as compare the situation in different fields of adult education in the Nordic region.

Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI), Lithuania

Reading & Writing Foundation

The Reading & Writing Foundation (RWF), founded by H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands in 2004, is an organisation with 75 professionals. RWF is working with almost 500 partner organisations to prevent illiteracy among children and to reduce it among adults. The RWF started a national pilot programme called 'Language for Life' in 2012. This involves mobilising all possible partners to find struggling readers and to offer them a course with -partly new- high quality materials, assessments and other tools. At just a fifth of the costs of regular literacy interventions, 'Language for Life' shows to be more effective compared to traditional structures.

Besides ELINET, RWF is partnering in a second international project with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advocate among European Union policy-makers for the societal importance of public libraries. In its international endeavours, RWF maintains the core values that have led to its success in the Netherlands: involve partners from across society; work with high quality tools; measure your results and learn from them.

Reading Foundation Flanders

Reading Foundation Flanders (Stichting Lezen Vlaanderen) is an organisation that promotes reading in Flanders, Belgium. It is the foundations's mission to inspire people from all walks of life to discover and experience the pleasures and benefits of reading, in order to stimulate their personal development and social participation. To do so, the foundation continuously develops a comprehensive programme of projects, techniques and campaigns, such as Reading Aloud Week, Children’s Book Week, the Children’s Jury, Book Babies, the Reading Race, Everybody Reads, the Book Searcher and so on. They are all grounded in real-life experiences and based on insights gained from academic research on reading. Our dedication exceeds the possibilities of the Reading Foundation so we have joined hands with people in schools, libraries, book sellers, day-care centres, the book profession and the media.

Research Center Analysis of Systems and Practices in Education (aSPe), University of Liège

The Research Center Analysis of Systems and Practices in Education (aSPe), headed by Professor D. Lafontaine since 2004, is part of the Department of Education and Training, located in the Faculty of Psychology and Education of the University of Liege. Professor Lafontaine has been member of the PISA reading expert group since 2000, and she is in charge of linking cognitive and non-cognitive aspects of reading for PISA 2018.

The research activities conducted at the aSPe are fully oriented towards the empirical search of factors that improve education and instructional quality. Quality encompasses not only effectiveness, but equity as well, with a particular attention paid to low-achievers. Educational tools development, large-scale national and international assessments, school change and improvement, in service training for teachers and principals, professional training, all the research projects and activities led by the aSPe have the same goal: improving the quality of education systems and instructional practices, especially in the field of reading and mathematics, reducing school failure and gaps linked to social and cultural background or gender.

Romanian Institute for Adult Education

The Romanian Institute for Adult Education (IREA) is a non-governmental organisation and funded as a research institute in the field of adult education. The overall aim is to provide scientifical and methodological support for all adult education institutions in Romania.

IREA is located in Timișoara. Timisoara is the capital city of Timiș County, in Western Romania. It is considered the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat.

The main objectives of the institute are:
- to provide theoretical and methodological support for institutions engaged in adult education in Romania
- to connect the work of academics and practitioners in the field of adult education through participative and applied research and through development projects
- to initiate and engage in international partnerships focused on the development of adult education and to promote Romanian adult education work abroad

Romanian Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Association

The Romanian Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Association (Asociatia Lectura si Scrierea pentru Dezvoltarea Gandirii Critice Romania) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, whose membership includes educators interested in developing literacy and critical thinking skills as means of promoting quality education for all and for sustainable development. The association provides professional development opportunities by organising training courses, roundtables and conferences, by developing and disseminating resources for educators, by sharing news from education around the world, and by conducting small-scale research to inform practitioners and policy-makers in education.

The association cooperates with like-minded organisations from Romania and from other countries to complement and combine efforts to achieve its mission by learning together and supporting each other in the development and piloting of innovative approaches to increasing the quality of everyone’s learning experiences.

School of Education, University College Cork (UCC)

School of Education, University of Iceland

The School of Education at the University of Iceland educates teachers for all school levels and professionals in sports and health science, social education and leisure studies. The former Iceland University of Education, which merged with the University of Iceland in 2008, forms the core of the School of Education at the University of Iceland.

International and exchange students are welcome for study in special programmes offered by the School of Education.

Academic programmes at the School of Education prepare students for a wide range of professions and serve as a sound foundation for further studies. The programmes are closely linked to workplaces in the field such as schools and other educational and social service facilities. Study programmes are offered either on-site or as distance education.

A diverse body of research is carried out in affiliation with the School of Education for the purpose of creating new knowledge for the benefit of Icelandic society. Faculty at the School of Education represent a broad range of scholarly, artistic and vocational disciplines.

Two doctoral programmes are offered at the School of Education independent of faculty, Ph.D. and Ed.D.

Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Science, Germany

Slovenian Reading Association

The Slovenian Reading Association (Bralno društvo Slovenije) was founded in 1995 and charted as a member organisation of the International Reading Association in 1997. A member of IDEC and FELA, it is a non-governmental organisation whose membership consists mostly of primary and secondary school teachers, librarians from public and school libraries, psychologists, academics and others – altogether about 90 members.

It is well-known for the much acclaimed biennial symposia it organises in September, and various minor events (panel discussions, professional meetings). Its main ‘partners in reading’ are the Slovene Reading Badge Society, and the Slovenian Section of IBBY.

Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports – Project leer.es

In 2009, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte – Centro nacional para la Investigación Educativa) launched the project leer.es. It deals with communicative competence, digital competence as well as learning to learn. More precisely, leer.es focuses on good practices in multiliteracy (collection and dissemination), teacher training (both initial and in-service), online resources (for teachers, families and students), school libraries and research.

Leer.es disseminates proposals via its website. The project is well established among teaching communities and has a very active presence on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. It also hosts a webcast on YouTube. Leer.es collaborates and works with national and regional institutions and private organisations in joint projects. Also, leer.es has established alliances with American institutions. Last but not least, leer.es has joined ELINET in order to contribute to develop a common European framework.

(leer, in Spanish, means to read; leer es means reading is)

Spanish Reading and Writing Foundation (AELE)

St. Patrick´s College

Swedish Arts Council

The Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) is a government authority under The Ministry of Culture. The Council’s task is to implement national cultural policy determined by the parliament.

The Arts Council coordinates the cultural field, and is responsible for allocation of state cultural funding to different forms of art. A great deal of the funding is done in communication with regional cultural authorities after a reform 2010 that decentralized responsibility for funding. Public libraries are financed and governed by local authorities in Sweden. They are also a matter for regional cultural policy because they are supported by the regional libraries, whose activities are described in the regional cultural plans. Reading promotion is suggested to be a responsibility for the regional cultural plans from 2014 and on.

New objectives for cultural policy were established in 2009. The first paragraph is about Freedom of expression, which is a basic concept. Children are the only designated target group.

Swedish National Agency for Education Skolverket

Swiss Federation for Adult Learning

The Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (Schweizerischer Verband für Weiterbildung, SVEB) is the umbrella organisation for general and vocational adult learning in Switzerland. Membership of SVEB includes private and state schools, associations, regional officials in charge of adult learning, in-company adult learning departments and human resources staff as well as individuals involved in adult learning. SVEB groups over 650 members. SVEB has permanent secretariats in Zurich (head-office), Nyon (French), Canton of Tessin (Italian).

SVEB develops innovative projects in the field of lifelong learning for various target groups (low-skilled workers and adults that lack basic skills, migrants, women and elderly people). Furthermore SVEB promotes cooperation among adult learning institutions and creates awareness of the importance of adult learning.

SVEB has been involved in several national and international projects for the promotion of basic skills for adults for years. In this field SVEB is a key player in Switzerland. With its active development of projects in the area of literacy and basic skills in general, SVEB has made a major contribution to the education of the least qualified, sensitisation and professionalisation in Switzerland.

Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media (SIKJM)

The main activities of the Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media (Schweizerisches Institut für Kinder- und Jugendmedien, SIKJM) are reading promotion and research and documentation in the field of children’s and youth media.

SIKJM develops projects for promoting reading and implements them throughout Switzerland. At the moment, reading promotion focuses especially on pre-school projects.

It is the only institution in Switzerland that collects and catalogues children’s literature. Research projects are concerned with historical research and, among other things, new media and the first steps taken by young children in the reading process.
The range of services provided includes courses for university students and teacher training courses as well as conferences. Specialist magazines in German, French and Italian present latest developments in the field of child and youth literature. SIKJM is an Associate Institute of the University of Zurich and the Swiss section of IBBY.

Swiss Reading Association

The Swiss Reading Association (Leseforum Schweiz / Forum suisse sur la lecture) is the literacy association of Switzerland. It aims to support literacy practice and research, to facilitate exchange across language borders and to connect different fields of research and practice on literacy.

Its main activity is the online platform leseforum.ch / forumlecture.ch. This open access journal on literacy provides three thematic issues per year, each consisting of 6 to 10 articles by authors from French or German speaking countries. The journal is edited by a board of literacy experts and funded by their home institutions. Since 2010, we have published 15 issues including 104 articles on literacy research and practice. They are dedicated to themes like evaluation of reading and writing in classrooms, literacy learning with digital media, literacy practices in families or libraries of the future. All the articles can be downloaded for free from a searchable database.

Tallinn University

Teacher Training Centre Arad

The Health Centre for Children

The Health Centre for Children and Development (Centro per la Salute del Bambino ONLUS, CSB) is a NGO located in Trieste (Italy). It was established in 1999 with the aim of promoting policies, programmes and interventions for optimal child health and development, with a multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach.

Nati per leggere – NpL (Born to read) is the main programme run by the CSB. The project, which has been started in 1999, promotes reading to children as a family practice since the first year of life through local multi-sector networks involving health professionals, librarians, educators, civil society associations, municipalities, regional governments and volunteer readers. A special strength of the NpL programme is represented by the intense training activity, which is addressing all kind of professionals involved in providing services for children and volunteer readers in multi-professional modules aimed at establishing local networks.

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is a non-profit, policy-driven, international research, training, information, documentation and publishing institute of UNESCO. One of seven educational institutes of UNESCO, UIL promotes and develops lifelong learning policy and practice with a focus on adult learning and education, especially literacy and non-formal education and alternative learning opportunities for marginalized and disadvantaged groups.

Its mission is to strengthen the capacities of UNESCO Member States in the field of lifelong learning with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education.

UIL provides policy-driven research, capacity-building and technical services.

Projects and activities are clustered in three programme areas and two units:
- Lifelong Learning Policies and Strategies
- Literacy and Basic Skills
- Adult Learning and Education
- Library
- Publications and Information

United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)

The United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) is an independent, not-for-profit professional association, dedicated to literacy development. Its sole aim is to promote literacy education. Its membership consists mainly of practising teachers, teacher educators and academic researchers. It provides grants for small research projects on literacy education and convenes conferences for teachers, teacher educators and researchers, at international, national and regional levels. These feature international literacy scholars and literacy educator.

UKLA publishes many books and two refereed journals – Literacy as well as the Journal of Research in Reading – both of which have international advisory boards including many of the most senior scholars on literacy in the world. Both journals provide balanced and informed studies of theory and practice in literacy education in a variety of settings, especially school classrooms.

UKLA also funds and organises 'Project Connect', which supplies books for pleasurable reading (mainly locally written and produced) to schools in Zanzibar and Malawi.

University of Cologne

Founded in 1388, the University of Cologne (UoC) is one of the oldest higher education establishments in Germany. With 45,000 students and almost 6,000 academic staff members, it is also one of the largest universities in the country. In 2012, the UoC was selected by the German Excellence Initiative to receive special support for its innovative research projects, joining the ranks of German elite universities.

The UoC is well-known for its dedication to teacher training. Over 1,000 students – or 28 per cent of the student body are educated at the university, which runs one of the leading teacher education programs in Europe. These students come from four faculties (Humanities, Arts, Mathematics & Science, and Economics) and two cooperating universities.

Literacy plays an important role in the pedagogical expertise offered to UoC students. The Mercator Institute for Language Promotion and Multilingualism, the Centre for Diagnosis and Assistance (ZeDif) and the AAC Research and Consultation Centre are a few examples of UoC institutions running research literacy programmes. The UoC strives to promote cutting-edge research with an international outlook and currently monitors 170 international projects.

University of Crete

The University of Crete is a young public educational institution committed to excellence in research and teaching. It is located at campuses in Heraklion and Rethymnon on the island of Crete. It was established in 1973, and the University accepted its first students in 1977-78. It now has 16 Departments in 5 Schools as well as a number of affiliated research-oriented institutions. The international orientation of the University is reflected in its track record of collaborations with many of the leading research and educational institutions in Europe and worldwide as well as active promotion of mobility and exchange programmes.

Within ELINET, the University of Crete is represented by the Laboratory of Pedagogical Research and Applications (LPRA) of the Department of Preschool Education. The aim of the LPRA is to meet research and teaching needs in the field of preschool education. Specifically, it aims in the development of innovative curricula, instructional programs and teaching methodology, as well as in the development of educational resources for language, reading, mathematics etc.

University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä (JyU) is a multidisciplinary scientific university located in the central part of Finland. Measured according to the number of Master's degrees conferred, the University ranks as the second largest university in Finland. Research and training are the two main tasks of the university. The JyU is a strong research university, and the staff is active in publishing in national and international refereed journals. The JyU is also highly successful in attracting external competitive funding. Education, learning, and teaching in the future are among the core fields of the JyU, and the JyU is the leading actor in teacher training in Finland. Teacher training and forward-looking work in teaching are counted among the university’s strengths.

University of Minho

The University of Minho (UMinho) is one of the so-called "New Universities" that changed the higher education landscape in Portugal. Located in the Minho region, known for its significant economic activity and by the youth of its population, UMinho is renowned for the quality of its teaching, the quality of its students, the public recognition given to its alumni, and for its intervention and strong links with the local community and the surrounding region.
The two campi in Braga/Guimarães cover a student population of over 19,000, plus 1,200 teaching staff, making UMinho one of the biggest higher education institutions in Portugal. All eleven schools, including the Institute of Education, are quite comprehensive and are a reference for their academic and scientific quality at national and international level. Internationalisation is a priority and it has a long and sound experience in participating in several EU programmes.