Annual General Meeting 2024: Promoting literacy in a changing world

Modern society is facing big challenges: all over Europe (and beyond), people are worried about misinformation and the impact it has on nations.

Social media is by now ever-present in our daily lives, and the group of (even young) children using them keeps growing. Meanwhile, their reading skills decline. The development of Artificial Intelligence is reaching a momentum that is being followed closely (and with fear?) in the fields of education and the creative sector. World crises dominate mainstream media.

In this context, it seems even more essential for reading promoters to fight illiteracy and to promote reading skills in general. We see a clear correlation between declining reading skills in society and the aforementioned problems. But how do we get that message across to parents, teachers, and our financial partners and promoters? How can we raise awareness of these issues at local, national, and European levels? What is our responsibility, and what is our response?

The AGM 2024 will be held on the 3rd and 4th of June, 2024, in Athens (Greece).

Location: Premises of Goethe-Institut Athens, 14-16 Omirou str., Athens, Greece.


3rd June, 2024

12.30 – 13.00 Registration

13.00 – 13.20 Welcome notes by the special guests

13.20 – 13.30 Official opening by Dr. Jörg F. Maas, Chair of EURead

13.30 – 14.15 EURead Strategic Vision and List of Recommendations – Discussion for further actions

14.15 – 14.55 Welcoming our new members

14.55 – 15.20 The Greek perspective on Literacy and Reading Promotion

15.20 – 15.50 Coffee Break

15.50 – 16.25 What does science say about reading?

16.25 – 17.45 Let’s Talk About… Early Literacy

  • Update from the Global Network for Early Years Bookgifting
  • Presentation of the Bookgifting Toolkit
  • Some good practices from our members

17.45 – 18.00 Reflections on Day 1

20.00 – 22.00 Official Dinner


4h June, 2024

9.30 – 12.30 General Assembly – Members Only! Finances, Legal Matters, Reports from the EURead Teams etc.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch (Street Food Challenge)

13.30 – 14.20 Let’s Talk About… New Media

  • Tobias Henning – General Manager Operations Germany, CEE & Israel, TikTok
  • Sonja Hoge, Managing Director of Onilo

14.20 – 14.30 Short Coffee Break

14.30 – 16.00 Let’s Talk About… Reading Promotion and Politics

  • Reading promotion initiatives in Eastern Europe
  • Good Practices in the field of reading promotion and politics

16.00 – 16.15 Members’ Reflections and Closing of the AGM 2024


18.30 – 20.30 Open Forum “Literacy and Democracy”