(ETX Daily Up) – Many children discover the joy of studying in school. But that was without taking into account the Covid-19 pandemic. Many schools in the UK have struggled to renew their stock of books since the start of the health crisis, according to a new British study. the explanation.
“Children don’t like to read”. This phrase is often heard in the context of school. But according to the Center for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), it is not inevitable. The organization, in the latest edition of its ‘Reading for Pleasure in Schools’ report, looks at the challenges facing UK schools in developing a love for reading among young people.
The pandemic has complicated the mission of many teachers to introduce their students to reading. A quarter of British schools have fewer books than at the start of the health crisis. Fortunately, this trend is still modest as 73 percent of teachers surveyed by CLPE said they have access to more or less books in their school.
The teaching staff has a lot to do with it. CLPE found that only a third of teachers benefit from the budget allocated for the acquisition of new reading material for their classes. Others have to buy them themselves (38%) or rely on donations (17%) to offer new lessons to British students.
For CLPE Executive Director Lewis Johns-Shepherd, it is important that young people have access to as many books as possible during their schooling. “A stagnant, never-changing stockpile of books will not help children’s development [la lecture plaisir], This is even more important for children who have less access to books at home – and these children are likely to have difficulty accessing books during the lockdown,” she said in a statement.
The availability of books in the school is essential to instil the love of reading to the youngest children, especially the most underprivileged. The National Literacy Trust revealed in a report published in November that more than 400,000 British children and youth do not have a single book in their homes. A worrying event that has many implications for the future prospects of these young people as well as for British society as a whole. The British Land Society suggests that raising children’s awareness of the joy of reading could increase the UK’s GDP by £4.6 billion (about €5.5 billion) per year in less than 30 years. Thanks everyone for the power of reading.
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