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Promoting Reading in the Netherlands

Interview with Aad Meinderts

Managing Director of the Stichting Lezen of the Netherlands

Aad Meinderts

The Dutch Reading Foundation aims to foster a "strong reading culture" and it accordingly endorses the concept of a continuous reading pathway. Hence, it organises and supports (educational) activities for children and youths of all age groups (0 to 18 years). Aad Meinderts, director of the foundation, talks about the objectives and particularly successful projects and initiatives, such as the national reading competition, with more than 85,000 participant children each year.
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Reading Foundation Netherlands/Stiftung Lesen Niederlande

http: / / www.lezen.nl

Logo_of_the_Stichting_Lezen Stichting Lezen (Dutch Reading Foundation) was founded in 1988 by the Dutch Booksellers Federation, the Dutch Publishers Association and the Public Library Association. Since 1994 the organization has administered the reading promotion budget provided by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The objective of Stichting Lezen is to [ ... ]  

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Stiftung Biblionef Niederlande

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Biblionef puts new children`s books at the disposal of children from 3 to 18 years in disadvantaged areas of developing countries. It has subsequently developed into a network of international aid organisations with the same aim: To provide deprived children and adolescents with new children’s books, thus stimulating their curiosity and desire to learn and laying a solid foundation of knowledge for their future. The success of Biblionef depends completely on gifts, donations and sponsoring of businesses, [ ... ]  

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More Information

Total population
16 805 037

Dutch (official)
West Frisian, Papiamento, English (recognized regional languages)

Literacy rate
(age 15 or over who can read)

Total: 99%
Male: 99%
Female: 99%

Functional illiteracy
(de facto)

Educational indicators
Primary (net) enrolment: 97%
Secondary (net) enrolment: 91%
Tertiary (gros) enrolment: 77%
School life expectancy: 17.0 years

Government expenditure
11.6% goes to education

Unemployment (age 15-24)

CIA World Fact Book, Human Development Report, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Wikipedia