The ease of living when you can read

Some countries do not have the basics that we in the north and most of Europe have, and it is easy to forget how hard it is to fit in if you come from a country without education. Some immigrants coming to Sweden are placed outside of society, and it is much the effect of lack of school in their previous countries. By increasing the knowledge and the ability to read and write, not only in Swedish but also in English, they can learn and develop faster and become a part of their new home.

It’s a big change having to leave your home and start-up in a new place. But it gets even bigger when you have no prior education or lack the ability to write and read. The basics of interacting and if you can have a deeper knowledge of these things learning a new language, something that is important to be able to feel that you fit in and take your place becomes a much harder task to deal with. Therefore has Botkyrka in Sweden started these small workshops in able to get people to meet like-minded people who are in the same shoes. This has proven very effective both for educational purposes. They come from different countries and are forced to speak in another language to interact with each other. Also, it has proven to increase the phase at which they learn to read and write. We want to decrease the percentage of people who aren’t able to read and increase educational and knowledge levels across the entire society. You are welcome to accompany us on our workshops and can find more about them over at


Apply for workshop participation!

Registration for the Workshop is now open! The last day to submit your application is 3 March 2014. A reply will be sent out on 2 April 2014.

Who can apply?

The Workshop is open to librarians and staff working in adult literacy from countries participating in the EU funded Lifelong Learning Programme. Librarians and other library workers are a prioritized group, especially those with earlier experience within adult literacy and/or with ambitions to initiate a program according to the workshop subjects.

The Workshop is free of charge for participants. Bibliotek Botkyrka is also responsible for travel and subsistence costs for participants from another country in Europe than Sweden, including hotel accommodation and two-way flight tickets to Stockholm.

How do I apply?

The provided link is to the application form for the Adult illiteracy and second language perspectives: Towards a public library collaboration in Europe.

To apply to the Workshop, please download the application form to your computer and fill it out. Print out the completed application and sign with your name at the assigned space. Scan the now signed and completed application form, and send it to us at

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us an email with your query!


The topic of the Workshop in Botkyrka

The majority of the functionally illiterate adults in Europe use the language of instruction – that is, the different official school systems’ languages – as their first language. However, changes in Europe’s demographic composition makes it increasingly important to discuss second language aspects of all literacy-related issues. To narrow down the scope, the Workshop in Botkyrka will have a second language approach to functional illiteracy. Its focus will be on library work related to basic literacy skills among adults with first languages other than the majority language in the country where they live. Special attention will be paid to literacy problems among adults that stem from a lack of professionally-led schooling during childhood.