Support across Europe
The National Reading Plan promotes two different moments to disseminate activities aimed at reading aloud, one public event and one week devoted to reading aloud. The public event is promoted by the National Reading Plan in close collaboration with the Read More …
The entire nation is invited to take time out and to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ for twenty minutes at 12 noon on Friday April 12th 2019. The simple but very effective idea is to promote the importance of literacy and Read More …
Children’s Reading Day will be held in the Czech Republic on 23 April, (World Book and Copyright Day), its purpose being for children to read extracts from their favourite books – at school to their classmates, at home to their Read More …
The Swiss Reading Aloud Day is the largest reading campaign in Switzerland that promotes the importance of reading aloud to children and young people. It was launched in 2018 by the Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media SIKJM/ISJM/ISMR in Read More …
The National Reading Aloud Days (Nationale Voorleesdagen) have become a real tradition over the past 15 years in the Netherlands. The kick off is organised in kindergartens and daycare centers throughout the country. During the National Reading Aloud Breakfast politicians, mayors, tv Read More …
The German Reading Aloud Day is the largest reading festival in Germany – initiated by Weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, Stiftung Lesen and Deutsche Bahn Stiftung. In 2018, more than 660.000 People were reading aloud or listening to stories on November Read More …
23/01/2019 - 02/02/2019 The National Reading Aloud Days (Nationale Voorleesdagen) have become a real...
12/04/2019 The entire nation is invited to take time out and...
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Why Reading is relevant for Europe
Reading and literacy are vital for all citizens in Europe. The ability to read is a prerequisite for education, personal development, integration, participation in society and economic growth in today's media-led and culturally diverse society. Furthermore, reading trains everyone to understand complex facts and circumstances, which is essential in forming democratic behaviour. In order to address this challenge, EURead, the European network for reading and literacy agencies, and its members in all major European member-states, have developed programs and campaigns to raise the profile of reading and literacy.
Reading is the basis
In Europe, more than 73 million adults are illiterate and one in five 15-year-olds has poor reading skills. 12.8 % of EU students drop out of school, which will lead to a 30 % increase in low-skilled jobs by 2020 (EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy, Final Report September 2012). When it comes to...Read more
The literacy challenge
Functional illiteracy is a re-occurring problem. In order to address this educational, social and economic challenge, early childhood education is crucial. EU member-states must provide comprehensive, high quality early childhood education and care, that is attractive and easily available to all ...Read more
Investing in literacy
The ability to read also significantly influences income (OECD’s report ‘Education at a Glance’ 2014). Two studies – one from The Netherlands and one from Ireland – show that investing in literacy improves the stock of human capital and enable economic growth...Read more
International studies reveal that reading aloud has a positive effect on intelligence, school grades and personal development such as empathy and social skills. Only 15 minutes of reading aloud every day makes a huge difference. To raise awareness for this simple but vital approach, parents,..Read more
The role of the European Union
EURead values highly, that the European Union institutions are aware that basic skills, such as reading, are vital for Europe. The report of the High-Level Group on literacy of 2011 underscores the importance of literacy in the 21st century, as well as the need to ensure political ownership and ...Read more
European member-states are relevant
Additionally, the European member-states are taking part in the challenge, of getting all European citizens enthusiastic about reading. Some of the member organisations of EURead are already working together with the governmental institutions in order to run efficient programmes...Read more