The National Literacy Trust works to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, where one in three people have low levels of literacy.
It is estimated that over 200,000 children left primary school last summer struggling with literacy, an increase of 30,000 on the previous year. This is a direct result of the disruption to learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will have a disproportionate impact on children in Manchester, which has some of the highest levels of intergenerational poverty and low literacy in the UK. While all children have suffered a learning loss, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on children from the most disadvantaged communities. Whilst enduring lockdown, many of these children lived without enough food, let alone books, laptops and space to learn.
Read Manchester is led in partnership with Manchester City Council and engages local families with books and stories, and inspires them to make reading a priority in their everyday lives. With a focus on the area of Wythenshawe, we work with children and young people as they reach each milestone in their education, helping to end the vicious cycle of illiteracy.
To be completed: 26/09 – 09/10
Saddle up for a read-a-thon with a twist! Do you love to read and have a need for speed? If so, then apply now for the Read and Ride Manchester challenge. Your challenge is to whizz around the city by bike, stopping off at 30 book-themed locations over 2 days. You will be dropping off free books at each location for children and families to find, as well as reading books aloud at every venue. The people of Manchester will be following your journey on social media, so if you’ve got the stamina to pedal a book-laden bike around Manchester and can captivate an audience with your storytelling abilities, ‘book’ your interest in the challenge here!
*The challenger is encouraged to spread the word about the challenge to their networks, fundraise and encourage people to donate, however, I Love MCR will be promoting the initiative and helping to gather donations.
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