European Literacy Network (ELINET)


One in five 15-year-old Europeans, as well as nearly 55 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills. Not only does this make it hard for them to find a job, it also increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion.

Did you know that 1 out of 5 adults in Europe struggle with their reading and writing skills? And that the only solution is to work together across borders, sectors and policy areas to really make a difference? The European Literacy Network (ELINET) was established in 2014 with funding of the European Commission to run a 2 year pro-gramme to strengthen all the literacy efforts. 

This video, made by ELINET, shows the results of two years of work.


ELINET consisted of 79 partner organisations from 28 countries (24 of which are EU member states). The partners involved comprise existing literacy networks and national literacy associations, education ministries and national agencies, international organisations (such as UNESCO), foundations and NGOs, universities, re-search centres and teacher training institutions, volun-tary organisations and other stakeholder groups work-ing in the field of literacy.

The team leaders were Booktrust, the Free University of Brussels, the Institute of Education, the German Read-ing Foundation (Stiftung Lesen), the German Associa-tion for Reading & Writing (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lesen und Schreiben), Stichting Lezen & Schrijven (the Dutch Reading & Writing Foundation) and Universität zu Köln (University of Cologne). 

Countries involved:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Fin-land, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tur-key, United Kingdom

What did we do? 

First, watch here

This video, made by ELINET, shows the results of two years of work.

We worked really hard in 2 years to: 

  • Develop country-specific knowledge on literacy
  • Identify good policy practices in raising literacy levels
  • Identify good examples of fundraising and awareness-raising activities, campaigns and other events
  • Provide a platform for the exchange of good practices
  • Define indicators to measure the impact of awareness raising
  • Promote the continuous future cooperation of relevant organisations at European level
  • Organise one European conference to share the results of the network in Amsterdam

Want to learn more? 

  • Check out the toolkit and database with good practices that can be used for literacy campaigns. 
  • After the 2 year funding ELINET has continued to gather and foster good practices in an in-formal network structure. Want to get involved? Please visit
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