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Promoting Reading in Belgium

Interview with Majo de Saedeleer

Director of Stichting Lezen, Belgium

Majo de Saedeleer

All matters concerning reading promotion are given into the care of Stichting Lezen. The Ministry of Culture set out the mission of Stichting Lezen when it started (modelled after the Dutch Stichting Lezen). Recent policy stresses the attention for specific target groups: handicaped, young families, prisoners, low income groups, etc. Not only for reading of course but for all matters concerning participation in culture.
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Stichting Lezen, Belgium (Flanders)

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When Stichting Lezen was founded in 2002 its goal was to promote and improve contexts that stimulate reading. Receiving annual grants from the Flemish Government, Stichting Lezen organises campaigns aimed at both children and adults. The association organises and runs these events in close collaboration with stakeholders from public libraries, education, the book profession, the media and the broad cultural and social sector. Additionally, Stichting Lezen is the Flemish government’s point of contact for [ ... ]  

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“Growing up with books” in Belgium

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Logo-Mit-Buechern-gross-werdenSince 1997, the media education team of the media centre has conducted the action programme “Growing up with books” to highlight the importance of reading for the development of children. Families are thus supported in instilling a joy of reading and books in children and in enfolding their imaginative [ ... ]  

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“La Petite Fureur” - a literature competition for children in Belgium

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Logo_Le_WolfThe literature competition “La Petite Fureur” is initiated by “La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles” - the French Community of Belgium and coordinated by The WOLF. The project offers children aged between 3 and 13 years a selection of books and aims to create public interest in authors and illustrators of the french speaking community of [ ... ]  

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More Information

Total population
10 444 268

Dutch, French, German (official)

Literacy rate
(age 15 or over who can read)

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

Functional illiteracy
(de facto)
18.4% (Flanders only)

Educational indicators
Primary (net) enrolment: 97%
Secondary (net) enrolment: 91%
Tertiary (gross) enrolment: 77%
School life expectancy: 16.5 years

Government expenditure
12.5% goes to education

Unemployment (age 15-24)

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