WUHAN - A campaign is afoot in Chinese schools to improve children’s literacy, as educators have warned that young people are increasingly having problems writing and reading Chinese due to their extensive use of electronic devices, as well as a lack of attention paid to traditional culture.
[UK] Today, the Department for Education will unveil plans for a national reading competition for children in the last three years of primary education and the first year of secondary school.
The contest – launched in the autumn – will be designed to boost literacy standards and encourage a generation of “reluctant readers” to pick up books.
But ministers said that the move would be particularly appealing to boys who often thrive on a “bit of healthy competition”.
The announcement comes just days after Claire Tomalin, acclaimed biographer of Charles Dickens, warned that modern youngsters did not have the attention span necessary to read one of his novels.
A federal task force is calling for financial literacy to be taught as part of the regular school curriculum throughout Canada. The task force said Wednesday having such an important subject ignored in many schools is no longer acceptable.