If young parents can read then their kids will have a chance

Andy Paradise
Andy Paradise
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WE NEED to address illiteracy now and say we’re not going to let another generation go by.

It’s not going to happen, it is something that needs to be looked at in the highest places in the land.

I find it quite disturbing that there are still people out there that think that there needs to be a professional to do this.

No mother has a professional qualification to teach her child to read.

But what if that mother can’t read?

The focus needs to be on breaking the cycle, actually looking at ways we can get illiterate younger parents to come forward.

We’re going to get the kids at Brune Park School to make us an almost cartoon-like appeal where there are no words on it.

It will be graphic so it will have appeal for people who cannot read.

We’re going to try that way, and try to approach and find more learners.

Can we get these young parents to read so their children will go to school with the ability to read?

The organisations that are dealing with it need to think how they can stop this 20 per cent or one in six across the country being illiterate.

If we can get young parents to learn to read then their children will have a chance – that is the aim of breaking the cycle.

I think we’re getting there now, because of the breakthroughs we’re getting in schools and because of the enquiries we’re getting from children’s services in Hampshire.

We’re starting to address the situation.

The unique thing about the scheme is that it is deliverable in many different circumstances and organisations.