Useful links - international literacy
Book Aid International is a UK-based charity which provides over 750,000 selected books and journals each year to over 60 developing countries throughout the world, to support literacy, education, skills development, training and publishing projects.
The Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. It aims to help developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
EU Read is a European platform for the promotion of reading, which was set up to exchange knowledge and experience across a number of countries. Partners come from The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Great Britain (which is represented by Booktrust).
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)'s mission is to promote international understanding through children's books, to give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books with high literary and artistic standards, to encourage the publication and distribution of quality children's books especially in developing countries, to provide support and training for those involved with children and children's literature, and to stimulate research and scholarly works in the field of children's literature.
International Federation for the Teaching of English is an umbrella organisation for the English teaching associations of the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
International Reading Association is a world-wide organisation concerned with improving reading. It has more than 93,000 members. It publishes journals, and encourages effective teacher education and research.
The German Reading Foundation, Stiftung Lesen (see below) also has an international website which lists worldwide reading promotion institutions and their current projects.
The Talloires Network is a collective of individuals and institutions committed to promoting the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. It is convened by Tufts University in the USA. Literacy is the focus of the network's global project.
Room to Read is a charity working with under-privileged children in Cambodia, India, Nepal and Vietnam, to promote education as the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. In some areas, this includes producing books in local languages and written by local authors, to be placed to developing libraries and schools.
This site acts as a one-stop for information on adult education, literacy and numeracy in Australia. It is coordinated by the Curriculum and Professional Services Unit at Language Australia, Melbourne and holds databases of resources and journal readings, as well as providing information on professional development activities and its own newsletters and journals.
Adult Learning Australia is the lead organisation in Australia for adult education providers and others involved in adult learning. ALA also coordinates the Australian Adult Learners' Week, which takes place in September.
The Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL) aims to lead Australia in the development and promotion of literacy practice and policy and it does this by providing leadership in the Australian debate on adult literacy and numeracy practices and policy, promoting adult literacy and numeracy issues in broader contexts, advocating equitable adult literacy and numeracy provision for all Australians.
The Australian Literacy Educators' Association is dedicated to the improvement of literacy development and language learning at all levels. It provides support and professional development to educators and others interested in literacy through international, national, state and regional conferences, workshops and seminars, journals, position papers and other publications.
ABC Canada Literacy Foundation is committed to promoting literacy to the general public and private sector. It is a partnership of business, labour, educators and government that focuses on public awareness programmes by creating and conducting national awareness campaigns, providing promotional support to local literacy groups and research.
The Movement for Canadian Literacy is a national non-profit organisation representing literacy coalitions, organisations and individuals from every province and territory in Canada.
The National Adult Literacy Database Inc (NALD) is Canada's adult literacy information network. It provides a single-source, up-to-date and easily accessible database of adult literacy programmes, resources, services and activities across Canada.
L'Agence Nationale de Lutte Contre l'illetrisme is a French-language website of the national government agency set up to improve literacy skills.
Stiftung Lesen is a non-profit organisation that works to encourage people to read more and improve their literacy skills, in partnership with nurseries, schools, bookshops and libraries in Germany.
The German Federal Literacy Association is a national body that works to develop adults' reading and writing skills. It aims to support individuals and organisations that promote adult literacy.
National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is the coordinating, training and campaigning body for all those interested and involved in adult literacy work in Ireland.
Ireland has established a national reading initiative to raise literacy standards in schools which, in conjunction with a schools' IT programme, aims to prepare Ireland's children for a global information society. This is the initiative's central information website.
Books In Homes operates along very similar lines to Reading Is Fundamental, UK - preventing literacy problems in later life by promoting the fun of reading and book ownership to children less likely to have access to books at home.
The American Literacy Council provides resources and assistance to those involved in literacy across the US. It also promotes Spell-Well, a PC-based writing programme.
Book It! is an American national reading incentive programme, sponsored by Pizza Hut. The site has information on the activities taking place and resources that are provided.
First Book is a national non-profit organisation that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.
Get Caught Reading Campaign is a USA reading promotion campaign aimed at infrequent or lapsed readers, particularly those aged 18-34. The campaign is organised by the American Association of Publishers and usually concentrates its major promotions in the month of May.
The Literacy Site - for every 100 clicks on the 'Give free books' button by individual visitors to this site, First Books will distribute one new book to a disadvantaged child in a low-income community across America.
Literacy Volunteer Connections is a site that provides information on reading aloud, tutoring techniques and ESL for literacy volunteers for adults and children. Includes recommended resources for beginners and experienced volunteers, and a list of programs in the US in need of help.
The US National Centre for Education Statistics, as part of the department for education, collects and analyses data relating to education in the US, and in an international context, and provides overviews, reports and updates.
The National Center for Family Literacy is a nonprofit organisation that supports family literacy services across the United States through programming, training, research, advocacy and dissemination of information.
National Centre for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)'s mission to is conduct research, development, evaluation and dissemination, funded by the US Department of Education, to build efficient, cost-effective adult learning and literacy programmes.
National Institute for Literacy is an American organisation provides an extensive network of information for adult literacy.
The US National Writing Project aims to improve students' writing standards by improving the way that writing is taught in the nation's schools. Its professional development model recognises the importance of teacher knowledge, expertise and leadership and it provides grants to local projects which operate on a teachers-teaching-teachers basis.
Read America provides information on the US Phono-Graphix phonics programme and its development in a number of other countries.
Read To Them (formerly Read Aloud International) is a US-based organisation that aims to make reading aloud to children a regular practice in homes, schools and childcare facilities worldwide.
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc is the website of the original American RIF programme on which the RIF, UK model is based.
Time to Read is a volunteer literacy program sponsored by Time Warner in the USA. It is a tutoring and mentoring scheme that trains volunteers to help children and adults to improve their literacy skills.