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Since the 18th century, literature-social science and ethnology have brought forward arguments in favour of socio-historical approaches. The choice of reading material depends on educated stratum and reading material has a strong influence on people’s behaviour.

Popular reading materials among people with low education levels were thin booklets as well as entertaining, instructive, and exhilarating publications. Nowadays people who live under the threat of poverty and social exclusion do not have much reading material either. Nowadays, the cultural assets of people with low education levels and poor people consist of television and radio programs, video, complimentary print products such as advertising papers and customer leaflets as well as magazines and, still, thin booklets from the railway station kiosk.

The project Folk without Book – Creating Literacy intends to set off from reading materials considered “trivial”, “popular”, “underclass TV“, and the cultural habits of people with low education levels and poor people in the partner countries. By means of model training and coaching offers for people with a deficit in education and people living under the threat of poverty, e.g. people with immigration backgrounds, the project intends to trigger reading and writing processes and arouse interest in culture so that these people can act in the cultural sphere with new self-confidence.

The project will reach these learners through reading incentives and bring the educational system closer to them by means of educational experiences. The aim is to teach the learners involved in the project to see culture and education as keys to successful social integration. The project “Folk without Book – Creating Literacy” intends to develop a manual with guidelines for literacy and make it accessible to the educational systems in the partner countries. Eight European organisations will cooperate with the respective national networks to produce the manual “Literacy”, which will be published on the project’s homepage.

As a result, the manual should enable educational organisations, libraries, museums, newspaper publishing companies as well as practitioners and professionals in culture, education, and integration to professionalise their texts, offers, and working practice and arouse and control needs of reading and education.

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