1.8 million disadvantaged children in the UK are unable to read properly. 1 in 7 adults in England lack the literacy levels expected of an 11-year-old. The link between low levels of literacy and poverty is stronger in England than in every other country in Europe, with the exception of Romania. By 2025, low literacy will have cost the UK economy £32 billion.
What is The Literacy Project?
Our mission is to raise literacy levels through targeted and concentrated local action, consolidating the unique assets of the publishing industry to drive up low levels of literacy and social mobility in the poorest communities in the UK.
How will it work?
A publisher (or group of publishers working together) with the support of the PA will identify a community with which to partner. Within the chosen area, publishers will make connections with existing literacy programmes and local initiatives to use their unique assets (e.g. staff, authors, illustrators, books, skills and business partners) to complement and support efforts in that area and, in doing so, concentrate and target maximum effort to achieve swift and effective outcomes.