Councillor Iris Anderson paid a flying visit to Andover College yesterday morning (Tuesday 3rd February) to help launch the national reading campaign “Six Book Challenge.“
Students and Assistant Principal Stuart Barlow joined Councillor Anderson who said: “I’m backing this initiative as it’s a really great scheme for people who are less confident at reading. There is nothing better than a good book and the enjoyment you can get from reading.”
The Six Book Challenge invites people to select reads and record them in a diary. The theme this year is Read Anything. Read Anywhere. This includes newspapers, poems, plays, websites, books and more.
The campaign is run by the charity, the Reading Agency whose mission is to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. In the UK today 35% of adults and 46% of young people don’t read for pleasure and only 40% of England’s ten year olds have a positive attitude to reading. There is however, overwhelming evidence that literacy has a significant relationship to people’s life chances.
Susan Taylor, Learning Resources Manager said: “Now with so many different online social activities, people forget the simple joy of picking up a book, any time any place, anywhere and losing themselves into another world.”
For more information on the Six Book Challenge go to www.sixbookchallenge.org.uk. Students and staff looking for further information can contact Moira Johnson who is leading the promotion at the College.
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