The State Library Victoria is providing primary schools in need with free transport and access to its dedicated, tailor-made schools’ program, aiming to address Australia’s falling literacy rates by fostering a love of reading from a young age.
A new initiative by Australia Post called The Pen Pal Club aims to improve the literacy skills of primary school aged children by encouraging them to experience the joy of exchanging letters with other students across the nation.
The impact of dedicated daily reading at school on students’ literacy and motivation is the focus of a new School Based Research Project supported by the Association of Independent Schools NSW (AISNSW).
Being a reading role model and encouraging children to read for fun helps to improve reading ability and contributes to building a strong reading culture, says Dennis Yarrington, President of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA).
In celebration of its 40th year, the MS Readathon has been revamped, with a new interactive website that encourages primary and junior secondary school-aged children to read whatever they like, as much as they can.