Connex Education supports World Book Day following library cuts
Currently, a further 223 static libraries across the country are currently under threat of closure or being passed to volunteers.
Connex Education has calculated that should the current rate of closures continue (67 closures per year), then by 2077 (62 years’ time), there will be no public library’s left in the UK. In light of this, Connex, a specialist in recruiting and placing qualified teachers, has announced plans to support World Book Day through a new fundraising programme.
From the programme, it expects to raise £1,200 for schools across the UK by pledging to donate ten pounds to the school for every supply teacher request it receives this World Book Day.
The new initiative is an extension of Connex’s long-term commitment to support local schools and literacy levels across the UK, having sponsored the complete rebuild and redevelopment of a primary school’s library, which is expected to be re-opened in September 2015.
Mark Beedles, managing director at Connex Education, says, “It’s saddening to hear about more and more closures and budget cuts to libraries across the country. As a business we feel strongly about supporting schools and helping to raise education standards. Literacy is one of the big issues we intend to focus on moving forward and we plan to implement this new initiative on an annual basis.
“World Book Day is a fantastic movement which provides thousands of children across the UK with the opportunity to have a book of their own. This is something that we’re delighted to be able to support.”
According to the latest literacy report published by Save the Children, England is one of the most unequal countries when it comes to children’s reading levels, second only to Romania in the EU, with the gap between the strongest and weakest readers typically found to be the equivalent of seven years of schooling.
World Book Day has been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries around the world. Last year, more than 14 million book vouchers were sent to children and young people across the country and 2015 will be the 18th official World Book Day.