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In Belgium it is estimated that one adult in ten finds reading, writing and counting difficult. This is a reality that is even more striking in the large urban conurbations like the Brussels-Capital Region. Various official associations and bodies work to reduce the problem of illiteracy and run courses to help people take a more active part in society and the job market.

Organisations involved in literacy issues run courses and are able to issue certificates of attendance and completion. They also help students prepare for exams leading to the CEB diploma, which gives access to secondary education and so also facilitates entry into the job market.

For French speakers

'Lire et Écrire Bruxelles' (FR)External link is part of the French Community’s 'Lire et Ecrire' continuing education movement. This NPO was recognised by the French Community Commission (COCOF) as a regional centre for developing literacy and learning French for adults on 1 January 2010.

Lire et Écrire Bruxelles works to promote and improve literacy in Brussels and so empower people and drive social change towards more equality. It publishes an online directory of providers working to improve literacy in the French language in Brussels (FR)External link.

For Dutch speakers