But for many, starting school is hard. Some don’t have the language skills they need because there wasn’t much talking or much reading at home. Others may be new to learning English. Children whose parents have low literacy are much more likely to struggle to learn to read – and it’s learning to read easily and early that is the key to education success later.
With this on-going intergenerational literacy challenge in mind, I embarked on my month-long Winston Churchill Fellowship. I visited towns where early learning, schools, community groups, employers and local councils are coming together to raise literacy levels. I was lucky enough to visit nine different organisations and programmes in eight towns and cities.
Three key themes stood out for me:
- Improving reading is being positioned as an important way out of poverty
- Raising literacy takes more than schools
- Health is a major driver for improving literacy
To read Alison’s full article on her reflections and recommendations on oracy, head to the COMET Auckland WordPress blog
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