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Children’s desire to read must be increased with more physical books and better training

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The government’s desire to read strategy is an investment to reverse the negative development where the desire to read among children and young people is lower than before. Illustration photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Of NTB | 29.05.2024 12:23:05

Education: – Reading is important for us in our everyday lives, for participation in society and for our democracy. We must give more people the feeling of pleasure in reading, where the pages and thoughts just fly away, says Culture and Equality Minister Lubna Jaffery (Ap) in a press release.

On Wednesday, she and Minister of Education Kari Nessa Nordtun (Ap) launched the new reading strategy at the Literature Festival in Lillehammer.

The background for the strategy is the international surveys PISA and PIRLS, which show that Norwegian children have a lower desire to read and poorer reading skills than before.

The strategy, which lasts until 2030, presents a number of measures, including more physical books in primary schools. In this year’s revised budget, the government proposes to use NOK 300 million for this, which, according to the press release, will provide over a million more books for pupils.

In order to strengthen reading education in schools and ensure professionally confident teachers, the government is also establishing a new national reading initiative called “Time for reading”.

(© NTB)

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