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Breaking through the literacy wall
Start date: 01 Sep 2016, End date: 31 Aug 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Flemish Support Centre for Adult Education (Vocvo) would like to improve its position as Flemish reference organisation for adult literacy. Thus we would like to contribute to the realisation of Flemish and European literacy objectives. To do this in a qualitative way, our staff needs to acquire more knowledge, insights and skills. With the project 'Breaking through the literacy wall', Vocvo is focussing on 4 issues:1. increasing our general expertise in literacy on three specific subjects to enable us to respond better to the specific needs of teachers teaching low literate adults. These 3 subjects are the use of ICT in literacy teaching, the teacher training of literacy teachers and the detection of learning needs of low literate people.2. learning how we could do a better job on raising awareness in society on literacy 3. increasing our expertise in prison education. We would like to focus on how we can improve bringing education in prison more into accordance with the learning needs of the prisoners. We also want to study how we can use internet and ICT in prison education.4. working on our development-oriented staff policy by stimulating international learning as an excellent way of personal and professional development. International learning increases our staffs understanding of different views and methods. It motivates them and makes them better equipped to face educational challenges.In the next two years this project gives 24 of our employees, both experienced and junior ones, the chance to learn and professionalize in a European context. 12 prison educational coördinators (these recently appointed staff members, 1 prison education team leader , 1 prison education volunteer, 6 pedagogical advisors in adult education and literacy, 1 staff member communication and literacy publications, 2 staff members of Wablieft (our newspaper for low literates and advisory centre for clear language use), 1 quality assurance staff member.The learning activities are diverse and have been chosen in accordance to the needs of the individual staff members and the needs of our organisation: we have some longer job shadowing visits(14 days -1 month) and some short job shadowing visits. Besides of that we have two conferences to learn and to look for partners and we are planning some training sessions.Examples: 4 job shadowing visits focussing on the use of ICT in literacy teaching, the teacher training of literacy teachers and the detection of learning needs of low literate people. 8 job shadowing visits focussing on quality enhancement and innovation in prison education. 2 job shadowing visits on digital publications, books and newspapers for low literate people1 job shadowing on how to raise awareness for literacy in society1 conference on innovation and the challenges in prison education1 training in ICT in detention setting1 course on peercoaching for development-oriented staff policyResults and impactA commitment to translate the acquired expertise on literacy training to the professional context of Vocvo and to use it to support centres for basic and adult education Staff members are willing to learn and professionalize through sharing expertise and co-creation: locally, regionally and internationally.The project results are translated into support trajectories for centres for basic and adult education.Literacy teachers and teachers in adult education in Flanders have a larger toolbox to innovate and enhance the quality of their educational practice. (e.g. in the field of ICT and low literacy, ICT and prison education)The achievement of a milestone in the building of a national teacher training programme for literacy teachers in adult education in Flanders.The achievement of a milestone in the realisation of high quality prison education in Flanders and Brussels improving successful reintegration of prisoners into society.Teachers, staff and educational advisors in adult education have a larger toolbox to detect learning needs of low literate people, enabling them to provide customized courses and learning trajectories.A larger amount of low literate people in Flanders have access to understandable (digital) news.Awareness of literacy problems in different sectors (e.g. sports, culture, work, …) has increased in Flanders because of high quality awareness raising campaigns.The partner countries and organisations of the project enhanced their knowledge, insights and skills on literacy training, on publications, books and newspapers for low literates and on prison education.
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