Let's read together network

Illiteracy an  Impediment to Integration

There are hundreds of illiterate people in Finland and most of them are women.
Illiteracy creates such stumbling blocks in everyday life that most of us cannot even imagine:

• How to monitor your children’s schoolwork   and progress; 

• How to tell the doctor what is ailing you;

• How to shop if you don’t even know the   alphabet.

Those immigrants who came to Finland when they were children or young adults, often seem to master Finnish fluently, but in many cases it is obvious that even they need support in their studies, for instance.

Let’s Read Together Network supports immigrant women in integrating into Finnish Society. A network of Finnish women volunteers offer tuition in literacy and the Finnish language to immigrant women in various locations all over Finland. At the moment, there are some fifty Let’s Read Together study groups in these locations.

The Finnish Federation of University Women is responsible for the Network in partnership with Zonta International District 20 and UN Women Finland.

Would YOU like to join us to help immigrant women integrate into Finnish Society? For further information, please contact: coordinator Henna-Maija Syrjälä: koordinaattori@luetaanyhdessa.fi, phone: 0451174282

See our study groups' time tables here.

EPALE's (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe) article about network.

LET’S READ TOGETHER -project, Period 2007-2010, Final Report