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MEDIA RELEASE – Charity-led London Book Fair seminar asks ‘Do books matter?’

26th January 2017 | News

On Tuesday 14th March at London Book Fair, global education company Pearson, leading international book provision charity Book Aid International and the Global Book Alliance will come together in a seminar to consider the role that books have to play in addressing the global learning crisis. Book Aid International is inviting anyone with an interest in the area to join the conversation on the day in person or by joining in on social media.

In spite of advances in school enrolment over the past 15 years, 130 million children globally still cannot read after four years of schooling. Even if a child attends school, learning is not guaranteed. It is clear that the issue runs deeper than attending school – the quality of education itself needs to be addressed and there is a valid argument that provision of teaching aids such as text books and story books have a key role to play.

In the seminar, Pearson, Book Aid International and the Global Book Alliance will share evidence from their experience and research which demonstrate the vital role of books in supporting educational attainment.

Alison Tweed, Director of Book Aid International said “In many of the communities in which we work, pupils have to share one textbook between many, and have no books at all to read at home. We are working with Pearson and with other supporters of our work in the publishing industry, sending brand new books to provide children in these deprived communities with the resources to develop greater literacy and a love of reading from a young age, and to support their education.”

Jennifer Young, Director of Global Social Impact Programs at Pearson, said, “Literacy is the foundation for learning and it has never been more important than it is today. Without literacy, people can’t access education, are more likely to experience poverty and are unable to participate fully in society. That’s why Pearson founded and convened Project Literacy, a global campaign to close the literacy gap by 2030. Pearson is very proud to partner with organisations like Book Aid International to help more people discover the power of words.”

For more information about the seminar, please visit the London Book Fair website.

Date: Tuesday 14th March

Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Venue: Children’s hub, London Book Fair, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX.

Entry: Please note, you must have purchased a ticket to London Book Fair to attend this seminar. Seminars are open to London Book Fair visitors and exhibitors on a first come, first served basis.



For further information, pictures or comment please contact Jenny Hayes, Communications Executive at Book Aid International.


t: 020 7326 5801

About Book Aid International

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. The charity works in partnership with libraries in communities where books are scarce providing new books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.

Visit for more information or join the conversation on twitter: @bookaid.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Pearson’s mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. Pearson believes that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more visit

As part of its mission to help people make progress in their lives, Pearson founded and convened Project Literacy, global movement to make significant and sustainable advances in the fight against illiteracy so that all people – regardless of geography, language, race, class, or gender – have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through the power of words. Project Literacy brings together a diverse and global cross-section of people and organizations to help unlock the potential of individuals, families and communities everywhere so that by 2030, no child will be born at risk of poor literacy.

About the Global Book Alliance

The Global Book Alliance is an international effort involving multiple stakeholders working to transform book development, procurement and distribution to ensure that no child is without books. The Global Book Alliance’s mission is to guarantee that children everywhere have the books and learning materials they need to learn to read and read to learn. For more information, please visit: