06/09/2012 at 13:00
Where: Nicosia, Cyprus
Topic: Culture, education and youth
Organiser: European Commission
The EU high level group of experts on literacy will present recommendations on how to tackle low literacy levels in Europe. H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, who chaired the group, will hand over its final report to Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at a Presidency conference on literacy in Cyprus.
73 million adults in the EU are low-skilled, and the results of the most recent PISA (programme for international student assessment) survey show that one in five 15 year olds in the EU has poor reading skills. EU countries therefore need to step up their efforts significantly if they are to reach their joint target for reducing the ratio of low performers in reading, maths and science to less than 15% by 2020.
Launched in February 2011, the high level group has examined research, gathered evidence and analysed the most successful literacy programmes and policy initiatives in Europe. The report's recommendations reflect discussions within the group as well as the input received through their consultations with a wide variety of other experts, organisations and stakeholders.
The members of the group are experts on literacy from academia, politics and business. They met eight times over the past 18 months.
Press Conference with Commissioner Vassiliou and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Nicosia, Cyprus, 6 September, 13.00 local time.