UNESCO defines literacy as the "ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society."
Our Literacy Programme centres around UNESCO's definition and raises awareness about the importance of reading and helping to transform children's lives. The ability to read is the first fundamental building block in developing broader literacy skills which in turn enables children and young people to fulfil their potential and one day play a full part in the economy.
Teaching early years how to read is also key for development of speech and language. Everyday we notice children using new words and phrases. They are also very curious and inquisitive at this stage and ask endless questions. So with reading being such a complex activity, a child needs to understand the words in front of them and put it into context.
Alongside the books we send, we also instruct our volunteers to use phonics as a method to teach children to read and write English. Phonics involves connecting the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters and teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together to produce pronunciations of unknown words.
The Love Books Project wants to build a strong foundation in literacy as we feel that this is key to developing a child’s imagination and ability to write.
Using literacy as a tool that nurtures creativity whilst learning to read, will develop and enhance children’s love of books and stories.
To implement this, we have identified and carefully selected a range of books that revolve around characters that children can relate to depending on the region they are sent to. We do this so that the children can fully immerse themselves in the books they read.