Language For Life

Local approach with support

Language for Life cooperates with municipalities and organisations in organising (Dutch language) courses for people with literacy problems. The programme sets up local and national networks to try and influence policymaking processes and to find, motivate, train and monitor literacy learners. So far, together with partners we have reached more than 85.000 course participants.

4 Phases of the approach

  1. Build a local coalition of parties and make a plan (including budget) to find low literate people and motivate them to get started with education. Support: problem awareness activities, organising problemsolving workshops, customised advice, research, sharing best practices and more.
  2. Municipalities and local organisations work together on finding and identifying low literate people, volunteers, professional teachers and other partners. Together they provide a suitable training location for these literacy learners. Support: screening instruments to find low literate people, training in recognising and referring to professionals, extended intakes for low literate people and more.
  3. Literacy learners follow a training session. The best results are achieved through a combination of the educational expertise of professional teachers, teaching materials matching daily life, and trained volunteers with time to practice. Support: customised learn-ing materials, training for volunteers and teachers, e-learning courses and more.
  4. To find out whether the local approach is successful RWF monitors the learners’ progress together with a university. Additionally, we organise satisfaction surveys for volunteers, teachers and the partner organisations to improve the quality of the approach.

Please see our factsheet for more information and facts on Language for Life.