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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…