By Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly, Head of Education Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children and Chair of the Global Book Alliance
A new coalition of governments, international agencies, NGOs and the private sector has launched this week with the aim of closing the children’s book gap.
In school but not learning
Last year, the UNESCO Institute for Statistic published alarming new estimates of the number of children that aren’t achieving the basics in reading and maths.
It showed that 387 million children of primary school age do not achieve minimum proficiency levels in reading. Disturbingly two-thirds of these children, some 262 million, are in school. There is now a broad consensus that this is a tragic waste of both human potential and financial resources.
Having identified the problem, we need to act and implement evidence-based measures that we know will improve learning. Continue reading