October 2014, leading charities, organisations, teachers
and children’s authors launched a national mission
in Wales to get all 11 year olds reading well by 2025.
The coalition called Read On. Get
On, Darllena.Datblyga in Welsh will galvanise the nation
to play its part in making this happen.
Alan Cliff, children’s author
from Rhyl, has lent his support by writing a ten minute
story for the UK wide literacy campaign called ‘Jack
the Station Cat: Special Agent ‘ a new adventure
for his much loved feline friend .
Reading is the key to a child’s
future; it unlocks their potential and opens up a world
of opportunities. However, every year, four in ten (40%)
of pupils in Wales still arrive at secondary school
with reading ages below their chronological age [Estyn
2010-11 report]. The recently published Welsh Government
National and Numeracy test result 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.
called 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 all
children were reading well by the age of 11. The report
• 73% of 8 to 11 year old girls said they enjoyed
reading compared to 59% of boys.
• Children are not reading enough outside school,
or with their fathers. Five year old children whose
fathers read to them daily will be almost half a year
ahead in their reading a few years later, than a child
read to less than once a week.
Alan Cliff says of the Campaign;
“I am honoured to support STC's
literacy campaign in Wales because I believe the ability
to read opens a path to life-long learning. In the modern
world the inability to read is a grave hindrance to
fullness of life. Every child should be given the opportunity
to learn to read and to be constantly encouraged in
their efforts. Confident readers invariably become confident
in all aspects of life.”
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 and two interim 2020 goals
In support of the mission a number
of acclaimed Welsh children’s authors including
Jon Gower, Jenny Sullivan, Alan Cliff, Dan Anthony,
Elen Caldecott, Caryl Lewis, Bethan Gwanas, Elin Meek,
and Manon Steffan Ros have provided exclusive 10-minute
reads that can be enjoyed by children and their parents.
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