13th September 2016 |

The Read Write Count project is a Scottish Government-led campaign delivered in partnership with SLIC, Education Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust.

Launched in February 2016, the three-year campaign encourages parents and families to include reading, writing and counting in their everyday activities, such as walking around the supermarket or travelling home from school.

Through SLIC £198,000 of funding was made available to Scotland’s public libraries to support the project. While 300 Scottish libraries shared an allocation of £90,000 to pay for new book stock and supplement existing displays, a further £108,000 was invested to provide Read, Write, Count book packs and stands.

Aimed at children in Primary 1,2 and 3, the campaign builds on the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle educational inequalities and raise attainment in early years and beyond. Every Read, Write, Count pack contains stickers, posters and other resources to help libraries encourage parents and families to have a key role in their child’s education.

Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “The Scottish Government is proud to have partnered with libraries for the next phase of the Read, Write, Count campaign. We know learning doesn’t stop at the school gates and libraries play a crucial role in supporting early learning in communities across Scotland.

“During children’s critical first years of school reading, writing and counting together can support their learning and help with their concentration, behaviour and making friends. It can also boost their confidence and happiness.

“I want to support parents and make it easier for them to be involved in their child’s learning outside of school. Libraries don’t just provide reading material, they offer a welcoming environment for families to enjoy time together and help develop children’s literacy and numeracy skills.”

Read, Write, Count has a wealth of ideas to help children at school. Visit www.readwritecount.scot or join Read, Write, Count on Twitter and Facebook for great tips, activities and ideas.

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