Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 12/07/2012. Tags: Family And Leisure
A Summer Reading Programme has been launched in Dublin by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.
The initiative runs in public libraries throughout July and August each year and is designed to encourage children to read six or more books over the summer.
Youngsters are able to pick their own books and keep a record of their progress, with those who complete the challenge receiving a certificate at the end of the programme.
Mr Quinn commented: "The Summer Reading Programme fits very well with the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy and is a simple, fun and free way of encouraging children to read during the summer break."
The scheme is targeted at children of primary school age, but older kids are also invited to take part.
A recent study by publisher Pearson revealed more than 40 per cent of teachers
have noticed many 11-year-olds no longer read for pleasure, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.
Written by Donal Walsh