Project Literacy & Book Aid International announce seminar at London Book Fair

What role do books have to play in addressing the global learning crisis?

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What role do books have to play in addressing the global learning crisis?

On Tuesday 14 March at London Book Fair, Project Literacy, it's partner, leading international book provision charity Book Aid International and the Global Book Alliance, will come together in a seminar to consider the role that books have to play in addressing the global learning crisis. Book Aid International is inviting anyone with an interest in the area to join the conversation on the day in person, or by joining in on social media.

In spite of advances in school enrolment over the past 15 years, 130 million children globally still cannot read after four years of schooling. Even if a child attends school, learning is not guaranteed. It is clear that the issue runs deeper than attending school – the quality of education itself needs to be addressed and there is a valid argument that provision of teaching aids such as text books and story books have a key role to play.

In the seminar, Pearson, Book Aid International and the Global Book Alliance will share evidence from their experience and research which demonstrate the vital role of books in supporting educational attainment.

Alison Tweed, Director of Book Aid International said “In many of the communities in which we work, pupils have to share one textbook between many, and have no books at all to read at home. We are working with Pearson and with other supporters of our work in the publishing industry, sending brand new books to provide children in these deprived communities with the resources to develop greater literacy and a love of reading from a young age, and to support their education.”

Jennifer Young, Director of Global Social Impact Programs at Pearson, said, “Literacy is the foundation for learning and it has never been more important than it is today. Without literacy, people can’t access education, are more likely to experience poverty and are unable to participate fully in society. That’s why Pearson founded and convened Project Literacy, a global campaign to close the literacy gap by 2030. Pearson is very proud to partner with organisations like Book Aid International to help more people discover the power of words.”

For more information about the seminar, please visit the London Book Fair website.

Date: Tuesday 14 March

Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Venue: Children’s hub, London Book Fair, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX.

Entry: Please note, you must have purchased a ticket to London Book Fair to attend this seminar. Seminars are open to London Book Fair visitors and exhibitors on a first come, first served basis.

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