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UIL Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Hamburg’s Family Literacy Project

7 September 2014

On 10 September, UIL and the Hamburg State Institute for Teacher Training and School Development (LI) held a public event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hamburg’s award-winning Family Literacy project (FLY).

The event which was opened with a musical presentation by Gino Romero Ramirez and the ‘Geigenkinder’ from the Louise Schroeder Schule in Hamburg, included the launch of a book on the Family Literacy Project.  This UIL/LI co-publication features articles by international literacy experts and practitioners, and case studies from a selection of the schools participating in FLY.

The role of literacy as a key component for sustainable development was addressed by the keynote speaker and President of the German UNESCO Commission, Mr Walter Hirche. The Directors of UIL and LI and a senior representative of the City of Hamburg addressed the audience, highlighting the importance of FLY for the city of Hamburg and as a model for other cities.

Since 2004, when FLY was launched by both institutions, it has helped thousands of children and parents, many of them with a migrant background, learn to read and write, and, ultimately, succeed in their further education.

Download: Learning to Fly: Family-oriented Literacy Education in Schools (PDF, 3.1 MB)