LID Publishing is pleased to announce our collaboration with the National Literacy Trust, marking our 25th anniversaries by signing the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2018.
Throughout the year, LID will work to undertake fundraising opportunities within the team, and to address the literacy problems that exist on a national level, and within our local communities.
Alongside 63 other leading businesses including John Lewis, Clarks and Metro Bank, along with backing from the Department for Education, LID Publishing have pledged to join the fight to tackle the UK’s literacy crisis.
Established in 2015 by the National Literacy Forum, which is led by the National Literacy Trust, the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge has boosted the reading, writing speaking and listening skills of some of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families in the UK.
The National Literacy Trust’s research shows that the achievement gap between our country’s richest and poorest children could take 40 years to close, a problem further exacerbated by the fact that 35% of adults in the UK’s most deprived areas lack the literacy skills expected of an 11-year-old.
LID Publishing is undertaking the business pledge to do our best to alleviate these problems through our network, channels and resources throughout 2018.
Marcelino Elosua, Founder and CEO of LID Publishing, said:
“Both LID Publishing and the National Literacy Trust have devoted 25 years to raising literacy levels and preparing better, more useful books for work and life. We believe the best way to change a person’s life or improve a community is equipping them with the tools they need. In 2018, we make a commitment to doing this together, with even more energy. Stay tuned!”
Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, said:
“Over the past decade, more than 500,000 disadvantaged children started school without the reading, writing and communication skills they need to succeed in education, work and life – their futures cut short before they even started. But with the backing of UK business, we have the power to transform these young lives through literacy. We are delighted to be working with so many fantastic businesses who, throughout the year, will demonstrate their commitment to creating a society where talented children and young people – no matter what their background – have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential.”
Businesses can find out more about the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge, or register their interest in becoming a signatory for 2019, by visiting: https://literacytrust.org.uk/businesspledge/
Visit www.literacytrust.org.uk to find out more, donate or sign up for their free email newsletter.
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