|From Literature Wales|
From Press Release:
A coalition called Read On. Get On. formed by leading charities, organisations, teachers and children’s authors has launch a national mission in Wales to get all 11 year olds reading well by 2025.
According to Read On. Get On. “Reading is the key to a child’s future; it helps unlocks their potential and opens up a world of possibilities and opportunities. However, every year 40% of 11 year olds in Wales have reading ages below their chronological age (Estyn 2010-11 report). The recently published Welsh Government National Literacy results also showed that children living in disadvantaged areas did less well with their reading than those in more affluent areas.”
A report by the UK Read On.Get On. coalition entitled Reading For A Fairer Future, also found that GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2025 could be £32 billion higher if action had been taken to ensure that all children were reading well by the age of 11.
Read On. Get On aims to create a nation of strong readers by:
- supporting parents to read with young children for ten minutes a day
- urging the public to volunteer to help disadvantaged children improve their reading
- building a powerful coalition of the most influential public, private and charitable organisations to pledge to support the mission
- urging all political parties to support the 2025 target
In support of the mission a number of acclaimed Welsh children’s authors including Jon Gower, Jenny Sullivan, Allan Cliff, Dan Anthony, Elen Caldecott, Caryl Lewis, Bethan Gwanas, Elin Meek, andManon Steffan Ros have provided exclusive 10-minute reads that can be enjoyed by children and their parents. The stories can be read on-line at www.readongeton.org.uk and in Welsh on www.y-cymro.com.
For further information on Read On. Get On. visit www.readongeton.org andwww.savethechildren.org.uk/reading or contact Media & Communications Managers for Save the Children in Wales, Eurgain Haf (firstname.lastname@example.org)or Lois Eckley (email@example.com)