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I can’t read or write, but I can cook
I can’t read or write, but I can cook

Ending adult illiteracy is the motivation behind UK Reads drive to support childhood literacy; to break the cycle of illiteracy in the UK. That’s why we are working to improve children’s reading standards with a greater urgency following the impact of the pandemic on literacy levels. We support the BBC ‘The Word Matters Project’ and this article highlights the struggles…

Urgency of Children’s Global Literacy Campaign Increases Due to Pandemic
Urgency of Children’s Global Literacy Campaign Increases Due to Pandemic

Urgency of Children’s Global Literacy Campaign Increases Due to Pandemic On UNESCO World Book Day, the World Literacy Foundation has called for emergency support to improve children’s reading standards after shock figures revealed the impact of the pandemic on literacy levels. Award-winning authors and actors including Stephen Fry and Dame Helen Mirren add their voices to the charity’s call to…

WLF Ambassador Bolu Babalola Named in Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021
WLF Ambassador Bolu Babalola Named in Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021

World Literacy Foundation Ambassador Bolu Babalola Named in Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021 We are delighted to announce that WLF supporter and Ambassador Bolu Babalola has been recognized by the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021, for her work in Literature and Media. Bolu Babalola, a British writer and journalist, of Nigerian parentage, whose debut novel Love in Colour, which was published in 2020, was a Sunday Times…

Rebuilding literacy confidence: your child needs your support
Rebuilding literacy confidence: your child needs your support

Supporting your child with rebuilding literacy confidence This March, UK Reads contributed to an article on TheSchoolRun.com on improving children’s literacy confidence on returning to school, post the COVID19 pandemic: “Much has been said about whether or not children need to ‘catch up’ at school after homeschooling, and it’s natural that having been in lockdown for so long, their confidence…

Authors back book campaign to improve children’s literacy
Authors back book campaign to improve children’s literacy

Covid’s negative impact on children’s literacy prompts authors to back book campaign Best-selling authors are backing a campaign to improve children’s literacy ahead of World Book Day on 4 March to help children who, due to Covid pandemic restrictions, are at higher risk than ever before of falling behind with their reading and vocabulary. Some 380,000 young people living in…

Interesting What I’ve Learnt podcast interview is live!
Interesting What I’ve Learnt podcast interview is live!

What I’ve Learnt podcast interview is live! Deb Blashki-Marks, host of the ‘What I’ve Learnt’ podcast speaks to our Head of UK and EU, Caroline Burkie, about the World Literacy Foundation’s initiatives, our work in the UK and how vital it is to work together to eradicate illiteracy. Thank you for your dedicated support Deb.  Listen here: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/47OdkILUMkshg26qa4BC2a?si=SOacnsNjSheZ_zPvNEccgA…

The wonderful Unmumsy Mum becomes a UK Reads Ambassador
The wonderful Unmumsy Mum becomes a UK Reads Ambassador

The wonderful Unmumsy Mum Becomes a UK Reads Ambassador UK Reads is delighted to announce that Sarah Turner, aka The Unmumsy Mum has become a supporter. Author, blogger and freelance writer, Sarah lives in Exeter with her husband, James, and their three boys, Henry, Jude and Wilf. In 2013, Sarah started writing her parenting blog and it wasn’t long before…

Dame Helen Mirren Supports the UK Reads Christmas Appeal
Dame Helen Mirren Supports the UK Reads Christmas Appeal

Dame Helen Mirren Adds Support to the UK Reads Christmas Appeal Dame Helen Mirren has become an Ambassador of the World Literacy Foundation’s (WLF) UK initiative ‘UK Reads‘ and has added her support to their Christmas appeal. Dame Helen said:  “Learning to read is such a fundamental skill and sets children up to excel at school and in life, but illiteracy…

Over 3000 children will receive free books in time for Christmas
Over 3000 children will receive free books in time for Christmas

Literacy charity UK Reads (@WorldLiteracy) is set to provide 3000 free books to children and young people who do not own a book of their own at home in time for Christmas. One month since it launched, the World Literacy Foundation’s (WLF) UK initiative to provide free books to children has received an overwhelming response from charity partners and community…

Dame Helen Mirren becomes a UK Reads Ambassador
Dame Helen Mirren becomes a UK Reads Ambassador

UK Reads are delighted to announce Dame Helen Mirren’s support of UK Reads. “Learning to read is such a fundamental skill and sets children up to excel at school and in life, but illiteracy is a reality for many. I am proud to support UK Reads in its aim to bring the joy and power of reading to UK children…

BBC Newsround reports on UK Reads
BBC Newsround reports on UK Reads

UK Reads: New project to get more kids reading and writing. It’s estimated that 400,000 children in the UK don’t own any books – but a new project has been set up to try and change that. The new programme is called UK Reads. It’s been launched by an international charity – the World Literacy Foundation – which works in…

Lead by Example – Read for Pleasure
Lead by Example – Read for Pleasure

Adults who actively read for pleasure help students to develop key literacy skills. Parents tend to complain that their children are not reading enough, especially those in secondary school. Pressures of General Certificate of Education (GCSE) and A-Level exams in the United Kingdom take over reading for pleasure and, if ever loved, it has been consigned to a prior life.…

Education is a Fundamental Human Right
Education is a Fundamental Human Right

“Give me educated mothers I shall promise you the birth of a civilized educated nation” -Napoleon Learning from Day One In life, education is like water – a necessity. It helps to transform a baby into a thriving adult. In the first moments of life, a baby does not know how to walk, how to eat, how to run. Gradually,…

How to Overcome the COVID-19 Crisis
How to Overcome the COVID-19 Crisis

  The damages caused as a result of the COVID-19 crisis are continuing to escalate in all economies of the world. African economies are no exception. Despite the bold interventions of some African states, the coronavirus crisis continues to worsen and its impact is not only limited to health and working methods, but also extends to food, national and international…