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Reading initiative Steiermark, Austria

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„Exciting rather than educating!“ -this is the motto behind the „Leseoffensive Steiermark“, a reading initiative that was launched in autumn 2008, supported by the education department of the regional government of Steiermark. It intends to motivate children to read, promote a joy of books and engage parents in reading aloud and telling stories. Particularly with parents and educators alike, an awareness of the high significance of early reading for education is thus to be inspired.
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Interview with Gerhard Falschlehner

Managing director of the Austrian book club

Gerhard Falschlehner

The Austrian book club is a socially active, non-profit network for promoting reading as well as a publishing house for issuing and disseminating youth media and reading promotion products. Gerhard Falschlehner reports about practice materials the book club has prepared for primary and secondary school education, and talks about “knowledge suitcases” packed with prized books, which provide an incentive for fact-based reading in all school subjects.
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Austrian Book Club for Young People

http: / / www.buchklub.at

Logo_of_the_Austrian_Book_Club_for_Young_PeopleReading today is a basic necessity, which opens up the world around us day to day. It is the responsibility of the Book Club to encourage young people to learn to read and to bring to them the joys of literature. The Book Club is the largest reading organisation in Austria with 400,000 young people from the age of 3 to 18 as [ ... ]  

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Zeit Punkt Lesen - Leseland Niederösterreich

http: / / www.zeitpunktlesen.at / de / index.php

Zeit Punkt Lesen“ is a reading initiative in the federal state of Lower Austria, which was initiated by councillor Sobotka, starting in 2006. Children and youth are thus supported in their process of reading right from the beginning. They are inspired with a motivation for reading in and out of school, in an enjoyable, non-conventional way, taking into account that the acquisition and maintenance of reading skills are closely related to social backgrounds and their estimation of reading. Activities include [ ... ]  

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School library services in Austria

http: / / www.schulbibliothek.at

By remit of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture(bmukk), the Austrian library service for schools provides information and counselling regarding all questions on the topic of school libraries, particularly as to the areas of planning and setting up school libraries, stock of books and maintenance of stock,, initial and continuing training of teachers, organisation and administration, general services and use of information technology for school libraries. The library service for [ ... ]  

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Institute for Youth Literature, Vienna, Austria

http: / / www.jugendliteratur.net

The Vienna Institute for Youth Literature was founded in 1965 as a non-for-profit organisation, and conceives itself as a service and communication centre in the field of child and youth literature. Its tasks include counselling and training of multipliers,national and international networking and the preparation of information, databases and publications. Its fundamental objective is to increase the role of child and youth literature in society. 

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Reading centre Steiermark (Austria)

http: / / www.lesezentrum.at /

©Lesezentrum-Steiermark Lesezentrum (Reading Centre) Steiermark assists with setting up libraries in communities, parishes, schools, boarding schools, hospitals etc.) and counsels on books and other media. It also inspires and accompanies reading motivation events, provides for initial and further training of librarians and is concerned with reading education. It thus [ ... ]  

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Newspapers in schools

http: / / www.zis.at /

Logo-Zeitung-in-der-Schule“Zeitung in der Schule (ZIS)” places newspapers in schools, for educational purposes. The manifold benefits of reading newspapers are introduced in media educational projects, in learning and instruction, in order to familiarise children with the use of newspapers as sources of information and entertainment, and as tools [ ... ]  

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More Information

Total population
8 221 646

German (official)
Croatian, Hungarian, Slovene (official regional languages)

Literacy rate
(age 15 or over who can read)

Total: 98%
Male: NA
Female: NA

Functional illiteracy
(de facto)
no data

Educational indicators
Primary (net) enrolment: 97%
Secondary (net) enrolment: 91%
Tertiary (gross) enrolment: 77%
School life expectancy: 15.6 years

Government expenditure
11.4% goes to education

Unemployment (age 15-24)

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