Save the Children has launched a new report, highlight the importance of literacy – and the UK’s current dire performance. For instance, it says:
‘England is one of the most unequal countries when it comes to children’s reading levels, second only to Romania in the EU. The gap between the strongest and weakest readers is equivalent to
seven years of schooling.’
The charity is forming a coalition – Read On. Get On. – to push the message, and get some action.
If everyone comes together around a single message like this, it can only be good.
The coalition includes The Reading Agency, Booktrust and the National Literacy Trust.
The Library Campaign is signing in principle.
We aim in particular to ensure the Read On. Get On. campaign gives much more weight to the value of libraries than it does right now.
This has already been promised…
Sign the Read On. Get On. petition here: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/reading
Download the report here: Read On. Get On. How reading can help children escape poverty
Check out the Read on. Get On. website
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