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Bradford can become literacy 'beacon'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Ralph Berry Councillor Ralph Berry

AN education chief says Bradford can become a "beacon for the north" after being chosen to take part in a scheme to boost low literacy levels in the area.

Bradford Council has teamed up with the National Literacy Trust for the campaign, which has been funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, a charity aimed at improving the lives of people across the UK.

The scheme has been set up in reaction to 47.2 per cent of adults in Bradford having literacy skills which makes everyday life difficult.

A host of events will be held in and around Bradford over the next few weeks to launch the campaign and get more people reading.

The Gateway Children's Centre, in Eccleshill, will run a storytelling session on Saturday between 10am and noon. This event will include sing-a-longs and fun games aimed at fathers and children.

The ongoing campaign will be backing the Girlington Parade on June 18, which this year has a reading theme with a free book for each child.

Pupils from Whetley Academy, Girlington Primary, St Philips Primary and St Edmunds Nursery and Children's Centre will walk from West Park through the streets of Girlington from 1.30pm.

A Love Keighley poetry competition will take place throughout June and July for the town's children to write a short poem on why they love Keighley.

The panel of judges features Bradford poet and novelist Joolz Denby.

During August, Centenary Square's big screen will show a short film of the activities and give people an insight into the reasons behind the Bradford Literacy Campaign and a performance from the winner of the Love Keighley contest.

Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford Council's executive for children's services, said: "This is a big, big opportunity for Bradford. I'm extremely excited by it.

"Bradford can become a beacon for the whole of the north in literacy.

"This is just a monumentally important programme for Bradford. It's a massive bit of good news.

"We are working with children but this is for everybody.

"It's a whole family approach that can be most effective thing as well, so they can share the joy of books.

"It's a permanent commitment. I can't begin to say how important it is for the whole of the district."

Bradford Bulls Foundation, Walker Books, Yorkshire Cricket Club, Council for Mosques, First Stories and Bradford Museums and Galleries have already signed up as partners to the campaign.

Bradford is the second area to be targeted as a 'literacy hub' by the National Literacy Trust's scheme after Middlesbrough was featured in January 2013.

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4:44pm Tue 10 Jun 14

baildongreen says...

Councillor Berry said: "This is a big, big opportunity for Bradford. I'm extremely excited by it.”

This is the man in charge of education in a Bradford where half of all the adults can’t read or write properly. He shouldn’t be excited; he should be ashamed.
Councillor Berry said: "This is a big, big opportunity for Bradford. I'm extremely excited by it.” This is the man in charge of education in a Bradford where half of all the adults can’t read or write properly. He shouldn’t be excited; he should be ashamed. baildongreen
  • Score: 20

4:47pm Tue 10 Jun 14

sorrow&anger says...

Where is Cllr Green’s Producer City pipe-dream now? What company is going to invest in a place where half the workforce can’t read
Where is Cllr Green’s Producer City pipe-dream now? What company is going to invest in a place where half the workforce can’t read sorrow&anger
  • Score: 19

5:29pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Reading Matters says...

Reading Matters is a Bradford based charity and we are working hard to support children and young people who are struggling with reading and literacy. We can make a difference. readingmatters.org.u
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Reading Matters is a Bradford based charity and we are working hard to support children and young people who are struggling with reading and literacy. We can make a difference. readingmatters.org.u k Reading Matters
  • Score: 6

5:41pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

It's the parents who need educating. I bet a very similar percentage of households don't have any books, and I bet even more kids have never been read to by their parents. Reading is the key to literacy.
It's the parents who need educating. I bet a very similar percentage of households don't have any books, and I bet even more kids have never been read to by their parents. Reading is the key to literacy. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 10

5:42pm Tue 10 Jun 14

SurprisedByJoyce says...

Reading Matters wrote:
Reading Matters is a Bradford based charity and we are working hard to support children and young people who are struggling with reading and literacy. We can make a difference. readingmatters.org.u

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God bless you. It must be an uphill struggle. At least you are doing something for the city unlike the self-satisfied Councillor Berry.

Is the main problem immigration or just shoddy education.
[quote][p][bold]Reading Matters[/bold] wrote: Reading Matters is a Bradford based charity and we are working hard to support children and young people who are struggling with reading and literacy. We can make a difference. readingmatters.org.u k[/p][/quote]God bless you. It must be an uphill struggle. At least you are doing something for the city unlike the self-satisfied Councillor Berry. Is the main problem immigration or just shoddy education. SurprisedByJoyce
  • Score: 10

6:41pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Cann sumbodee tranzlayte thisz artickle foar mee pleeezez?
Cann sumbodee tranzlayte thisz artickle foar mee pleeezez? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -9

6:52pm Tue 10 Jun 14

bachtothefuture says...

Since we’re in the National Literacy Trust’s programme the rest of the country will now know that half of Bradford’s adults are illiterate. Not the best advert in the world for inward investment.

If Councillor Green is going to do anything about Bradford he needs to start fixing the basics. Education and dereliction will do for a start, rather than pursuing personal vanity projects like Buck Lane which so far has only generated jobs for outsiders.
Since we’re in the National Literacy Trust’s programme the rest of the country will now know that half of Bradford’s adults are illiterate. Not the best advert in the world for inward investment. If Councillor Green is going to do anything about Bradford he needs to start fixing the basics. Education and dereliction will do for a start, rather than pursuing personal vanity projects like Buck Lane which so far has only generated jobs for outsiders. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 10

7:08pm Tue 10 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Cann sumbodee tranzlayte thisz artickle foar mee pleeezez?
Albion said you were an Asian. Now I believe him.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: Cann sumbodee tranzlayte thisz artickle foar mee pleeezez?[/p][/quote]Albion said you were an Asian. Now I believe him. pcmanners
  • Score: 6

7:15pm Tue 10 Jun 14

sorrow&anger says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
It's the parents who need educating. I bet a very similar percentage of households don't have any books, and I bet even more kids have never been read to by their parents. Reading is the key to literacy.
The numbers are for adult illiteracy. It is the parents we're talking about, and yes, uneducated parents tend to produce underachieving lids.

This isn't a new problem, it's just one City Hall has made a point of ignoring.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: It's the parents who need educating. I bet a very similar percentage of households don't have any books, and I bet even more kids have never been read to by their parents. Reading is the key to literacy.[/p][/quote]The numbers are for adult illiteracy. It is the parents we're talking about, and yes, uneducated parents tend to produce underachieving lids. This isn't a new problem, it's just one City Hall has made a point of ignoring. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 10

7:46pm Tue 10 Jun 14

gouldengirl says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
It's the parents who need educating. I bet a very similar percentage of households don't have any books, and I bet even more kids have never been read to by their parents. Reading is the key to literacy.
Yes the parents are key. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

Makes you wonder how much of this illiteracy is, as we saw in those Birmingham schools, due to Muslims not caring too much about their womenfolk’s education.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: It's the parents who need educating. I bet a very similar percentage of households don't have any books, and I bet even more kids have never been read to by their parents. Reading is the key to literacy.[/p][/quote]Yes the parents are key. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” Makes you wonder how much of this illiteracy is, as we saw in those Birmingham schools, due to Muslims not caring too much about their womenfolk’s education. gouldengirl
  • Score: 12

8:17pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

pcmanners wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
Cann sumbodee tranzlayte thisz artickle foar mee pleeezez?
Albion said you were an Asian. Now I believe him.
You do realise Albion is masquerading as myself on here ?
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: Cann sumbodee tranzlayte thisz artickle foar mee pleeezez?[/p][/quote]Albion said you were an Asian. Now I believe him.[/p][/quote]You do realise Albion is masquerading as myself on here ? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -6

9:16pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

Is it literary skills in general that are lacking, or literary in English that 47% have a problem with?
Is it literary skills in general that are lacking, or literary in English that 47% have a problem with? Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 1

9:49pm Tue 10 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
Cann sumbodee tranzlayte thisz artickle foar mee pleeezez?
Albion said you were an Asian. Now I believe him.
You do realise Albion is masquerading as myself on here ?
Albion is just a confused leftie; he plays at being too many people so he doesn't know who he is, or what he stands for. He'll say anything to get published beside the letters.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: Cann sumbodee tranzlayte thisz artickle foar mee pleeezez?[/p][/quote]Albion said you were an Asian. Now I believe him.[/p][/quote]You do realise Albion is masquerading as myself on here ?[/p][/quote]Albion is just a confused leftie; he plays at being too many people so he doesn't know who he is, or what he stands for. He'll say anything to get published beside the letters. pcmanners
  • Score: 4

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