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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Literacy Crisis

This article details an issue that is of great relevance and importance to us at OOKS HQ. We want to excite kids and encourage them to love reading, writing and using the wild imagination they were born with. Literacy and learning are so important and the literacy level a child has impacts on their ability to carry out these vital activities.

For the past decade, the world has been witness to a literacy crisis among its youth. The figures and statistics regarding literacy and numeracy skills in children all over the world are a more than a little worrying. Almost eight thousand eleven year olds in London alone have Level 3 reading ability - the same as the average seven year old. 1 in 4 of UK children are leaving primary school without the ability to read or write properly. 65 percent of fourth graders in the US read at or below the basic level. In Ireland 1 in 10 children leave Irish primary schools with serious learning difficulties and this rises to 1 in 3 in disadvantaged schools.

“As a child they won’t be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and on becoming a parent they won’t be able to support their child’s learning.”  

Helping to improve relationships with books and proficiency should be an element of the improvement strategy and at OOKS HQ we believe the situation needs a creative solution. The conventional ‘correction and repetition’ classroom approach to reading and writing is often deprived of creativity and fun, and risks moulding a negative relationship between kids and education. Engaging children with books in a way that excites their imagination is key to the problem! This love and passion for reading.

As is constantly repeated time and time again, the kids of today are members of the digital age who have grown up surrounded by technology and the internet. Interest in reading and writing may have fallen victim to the distractions of television and social

Part of what inspired us to create OOKS was the realisation that you never hear about kids not being able to draw or paint anymore.

 Give kids a blank canvas and watch as instinctively they splash it with colour and imagination. But you hear facts about low literacy skills constantly. At OOKS HQ we want kids to put words on a page with ease the same way they do with paint. In the digital world, drawings decorate the landscape and choices direct the story.

Thanks for reading!


Further Reading

Literacy Trust Impact Report

Literacy Crisis in Britain

Reading Crisis in London

Literacy Stats

Literacy in Ireland

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