Interview with team leader Maurice de Greef
What is your team’s responsibility in ELINET?
Team Indicators for Success is in charge of the development of indicators, which seems to be important to realise a successful awareness raising or fundraising campaign in order to prevent or fight low literacy. Secondly, Team Indicators for Success will analyse the European success stories of awareness raising and fundraising by visiting different European countries and conducting several case studies. Finally, this team will analyse the newly used tools for awareness raising and fundraising in ELINET and will try to define the indicators for success in awareness raising or fundraising for literacy.
What do you hope to achieve with the network?
Eventually, we hope to gain new insights in what should be important to realise a successful awareness raising or fundraising campaign for low literacy in Europe. We will analyse the European success stories and try to determine the potential for follow up in order to increase awareness and funding among policy makers, societal stakeholders and the general public. If European stakeholders for low literacy know which indicators should be used, they can realise their own successful campaigns in order to decrease the high number of low achievers in literacy in Europe.
What are the main challenges?
Europe consists of many different countries and many different cultures. It is difficult to develop one basic campaign which can be used in all these countries in order to increase awareness and funding among policy makers, societal stakeholders and the general public. Therefore, we should develop different indicators for success and different tools for awareness raising and fundraising. If this network can achieve this, we will have realised constructive materials in order to prevent or fight low literacy in all European countries.
How can those obstacles be overcome?
We need to take time to know what has already been done in order to increase awareness and funding among policy makers, societal stakeholders and the general public. Besides this we need to know what the important needs and possibilities of the different European stakeholders are in order to prevent or fight low literacy. If this is clear, we can realise different constructive indicators for success and constructive tools for awareness raising and fundraising. In order to achieve this a lot of moments of informal and formal communication between the partners of the network will be needed.
Personally, how did you become interested in literacy work?
I investigate learning effects of low-skilled people and learners with low performance in literacy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and realised a PhD in educational science with a special focus on the outcome of adult education in terms of social inclusion. Besides this I am a project-manager, researcher and trainer in local, regional and European projects in innovating learning environments, strategic policy-making in adult education and developing strategies for approaching (vulnerable) learners. For me, ELINET is a possibility to strengthen this work in Europe.