Reading culture

To mark International Literacy Day on 8 September, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is launching a new publication entitled Fostering a culture of reading and writing: Examples of dynamic literate environments. The compilation features 18 case studies of successful youth and adult literacy programmes, all of which seek to foster rich literate environments within the family, the community or wider society. It demonstrates the critical value of such an approach and advocates its wider adoption against the backdrop of the global agenda to advance literacy.

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Fostering a culture of reading and writing: Examples of dynamic literate environments
UIL, 2017   ISBN 978-92-820-1217-8

The 18 examples of effective educational literacy programmes showcased and analysed in this compilation demonstrate the value of dynamic literate environments and the importance of nurturing a culture of reading and writing, by examining the following four different contexts: digital environments, intergenerational settings, community libraries and prisons. Furthermore, the publication presents a number of promising approaches to cultivating such environments, in the hope of inspiring literacy stakeholders around the world to sustainably engage youth and adults in literacy learning.

All these programmes can also be found in the UNESCO Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase). Hard copies of this compilation will be shared with literacy stakeholders at the International Literacy Day event in Paris on 8 September 2017.

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