Read, Write, Count aims to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of Scotland’s children. It encourages the use of reading, writing and counting in everyday activities and provides help and support for the families of young children.
Read, Write, Count is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to raise the attainment for all and close the attainment gap. It also directly relates to the first strategic aim of Ambition & Opportunity – the strategy for Scotland’s public libraries – which promotes the use of libraries as a base for reading, literacy and learning.
As part of the 2016 campaign every library service in Scotland received a box of resources and promotional materials to help children and families develop a love of reading, writing and counting. This included branded library card holders, stickers, posters, treasure hunt packs and wall vinyls.
A total of £198,000 was also made available through SLIC, with 300 Scottish libraries sharing an allocation of £90,000 to pay for new book stock and supplement existing displays.
A further £108,000 was used to provide Read, Write, Count book packs and specially produced book stands. As a result all Primary 1, 2, and 3 children in Scotland now receive a free bag filled with books, counting games and writing materials. This provides resources to support learning at home and encourages families to get involved in their child’s learning.
SLIC is continuing to work closely with the Scottish Government on Read, Write, Count – promoting reading, writing and counting in everyday life and encouraging the use of libraries in the campaign.
This includes the development of the Future Me initiative which encourages children to write about their dreams for the future. As part of the campaign young people can submit a piece of writing on the Future Me website or post paper entries in special Future Me mailboxes in public libraries throughout Scotland.