The Right to Read Campaign looks to complement existing national strategy for literacy development and support. Right to Read is closely aligned with the Department of Education and Skills’ National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life 2011-2020 and will also build on the strategy for public libraries 2013-2017, Opportunities for All.
The Right to Read International Literacy Conference took place on 23rd September 2015 at Dublin Castle. Videos of the presentations on the day will be made available below.
Keynote address: Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
Founder and Honorary Chair of Stichting Lezen & Schrijven (Reading & Writing Foundation)
Princess Laurentien works on issues concerning the development of individuals and their impact on society. In particular, she is active in the fields of literacy and sustainability. In 2004 she founded Stichting Lezen & Schrijven (Reading & Writing Foundation), which works both in the Netherlands and internationally to prevent illiteracy among children and to reduce it among adults. The Princess is UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy and Development, and served as Chair of the EU High Level Group of experts on Literacy, which presented its findings in 2012. Princess Laurentien has also been professionally engaged on sustainability and wildlife preservation for over a decade. She is Founder and Director of the Missing Chapter Foundation (MCF), which brings together children and (corporate) leaders to engage in dialogue aimed at changing mind-sets of both the adults and children. Princess Laurentien is also the initiator and author of the Mr Finney series of children’s books.
Literacy Hubs Manager, National Literacy Trust Hubs
Presentation: National Literacy Trust Hubs
As the National Literacy Trust Hubs Manager, Jason oversees all the current Hubs, supporting delivery, evaluation and setting the direction for future work. He works to identify new areas where Hubs are needed and helps to create long-term change in communities where low levels of literacy are entrenched, intergenerational, and seriously impacting on people’s lives. Before taking over the management of the Hubs, Jason managed a number of national programmes focussed on raising literacy levels among the most disadvantaged in society. He has a previous background in public speaking and debate training – working with young people and has coached and judged internationally.
Leikny Haga Indergaard
Director, Public Library of Bergen, Norway
Leikny Haga Indergaard has been the chair of the IFLA Literacy and Reading Section, and is now a SC Member of the Public Library Section in IFLA sections since 1998.
The most important of Leikny Haga Indergaard ´s former positions is the director general of the Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority; director at the National Library of Norway; county librarian at Rogaland County Library and director at Stavanger Library and Culture Center.
She has worked with strategies for public libraries and reading both on a national and international level, and has stated several reading projects in public libraries.
Dr Peter Archer
Director of the Educational Research Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin
Dr Archer is involved in all aspects of the Centre’s work but has a particular interest in educational disadvantage and the relationship between research and policy.
Dr Finian O’Shea & Dr Máirín Wilson
Lecturers, Church of Ireland College, Dublin
Dr O’Shea and Dr Wilson work primarily on the Post Graduate Diploma in Learning Support and Special Educational Needs.
Dr O’Shea has a long standing passion for and interest in the teaching and learning of literacy and in particular, in literature for children and young adults. He is a past president of The Literacy Association of Ireland and served on their executive for over three decades. He worked as curriculum advisor to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment on the teaching of writing for the revised primary school curriculum and had written and published extensively on the teaching of literacy. His current areas of interest are literacy identity, reflective practice and more recently, literacy tattoos. He enjoys exploring the wonderful world of the MOOC.
Dr Wilson has a keen interest in inclusive education and in particular in the important role of Citizenship Education and Children’s Rights Education. She is currently engaged in exploring the issue of literacy for the older student, the importance of understanding how children learn and the role of assessment/evaluation in meeting individual need. At present she chairs the Literacy Association of Ireland’s Children’s Book Award and is a past chairperson of the Irish Learning Support Association of Ireland. She has worked on a number of evaluation projects with organisations such as the National Federation of Educational Research, the National Council for Curriculum, the Curriculum Development Unit and the Dublin Inner City Partnership. She has co-authored a school text book for Civic, Social and Political Education and has a number of articles and book chapters in this area.