A new study published by the European Commission shows that one in five 15-year-olds and many adults in Europe cannot read properly. EU Education Ministers have set a target to reduce the share of poor readers from 20 percent to less than 15 percent by 2020. Only five countries, Finland among them, have already achieved this target.
The study shows that the reading skills of Finnish pupils are good in comparison to the other 31 countries studied. In 2009, the share of weak readers among 15-year-olds was less than 10 percent, making Finland once of the top performers with regard to reading skills.
A fair amount of support is available for learners in Finland. Finland is one of the few countries where reading specialists, who support teachers in the classroom, are on hand. In addition, reading instruction is a compulsory part of special needs teacher training. In Finland, reading skills are also promoted among adult immigrants.
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In 2011, the Finnish National Board of Education carried out a development project to promote global education titled As a Global Citizen in Finland.
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