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Media release: Speakers announced for London Book Fair seminar asking ‘Do books matter?’

On Tuesday 14th March Amanda Buchan, Director of International Education Partnerships will chair a panel session at London Book Fair considering the role that books have to play in addressing the global learning crisis and asking ‘do books matter?’

Book Aid International’s Head of Programmes Samantha Thomas-Chuula, Pearson’s Social Impact Partnerships Manager Luisa Gockel and Save the Children’s Head of Education Policy & Advocacy and Global Book Alliance Steering Committee member Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly, will sit on the panel. Together they will consider the factors influencing the global learning crisis and the argument that provision of teaching aids such as text books and story books has a key part to play. They will look at the current issues surrounding the use of books in schools and speaking from their differing areas of expertise, will discuss how these issues can be addressed.

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 twitter. Use #DoBooksMatter to follow the conversation online.

Amanda Buchan, Director of International Education Partnerships said “Education does not happen without the ability to read and learning to read does not happen without access to reading materials. Books open the door to learning, teaching, creativity and understanding. They are essential weapons in solving the global learning crisis, in combatting ignorance and poverty and encouraging human development. In many countries, making books and other reading materials available and accessible is still a huge problem.”

Samantha Thomas-Chuula, Head of Programmes at Book Aid International said “At Book Aid International we see firsthand the difference that access to books makes in the lives of children. They help them to practice their reading skills to improve literacy, encourage the love of reading and grow an awareness of the world around them. Through books, children can think about the world and explore their potential role and place in it.”

Luisa Gockel, Social Impact Partnerships Manager at Pearson, said, “We must not underestimate the human and economic cost of illiteracy: today 758 million adults around the world can’t read or write. Pearson, as founder of the global campaign Project Literacy, believes a key step in helping to solve the problem of illiteracy is developing innovative approaches to learning alongside improving access to books and to quality resources. To help achieve this goal, we must work together to fight what we believe is an invisible global emergency.”

Global Book Alliance said: “It is crucial to transform the book chain to ensure that no child is without the books they need to boost their learning outcomes. The Global Book Alliance is an international effort involving multiple stakeholders working together to transform book development, procurement, distribution, and use, so that children have the learning materials they need to learn to read and read to learn.”=

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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. Tel: 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 www.bookaid.org 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 http://www.pearson.com.

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 http://globalbookalliance.org/