As a charity devoted to literacy, it’s important to us that children can make real progress in reading without the restrictions of formal – and often expensive – reading schemes. With this in mind, we are trialling a programme of accelerated reading.
With literacy at the forefront of our thinking, the establishment of libraries in our partner countries was a natural step forward. In these dedicated book havens, children at last have the fun of picking out a story and settling down to read.
Access to books is only part of the story for children in Africa's schools, where books are often seen as tools for exam preparation. To instil a genuine and lifelong love of reading, we launched our reading club programme in 2017.